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Deputies arrest man accused of sexual battery near Tampa nightclub

A woman was attacked outside of a Tampa nightclub on Sunday, the sheriff's office said.
Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Elieser Alvarez Lima, left, and sheriff's office sketch.

TAMPA, Fla. — A man accused of attacking a woman and sexually battering her outside of a Tampa nightclub now is behind bars.

Elieser Alvarez Lima, 31, was arrested Friday without incident, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office news release. He faces several charges, including sexual battery, kidnapping and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Deputies say a man approached a woman walking home Sunday from the Aqua Lounge on Waters Avenue. She was hit in the face, choked and sexually battered, the sheriff's office said at the time.

"I want to commend this victim for the strength she showed when she came forward to report what happened to her," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.

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