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'Grandpa,' 81, accused of molesting young girls in Florida

Broward County Sheriff's Office

Murry Snider

MIAMI -- An elderly Margate man is behind bars after authorities say he molested at least two young girls and admitted to a detective that he had been abusing girls since he was a child.

Murry Snider, 81, was arrested Tuesday on 10 counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 12, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Snider, who lives in the 6400 block of Brandywine Drive North, would have little girls call him "Grandpa" and invite them into his room for movies and snacks, where he would molest them, the BSO said.


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According to the BSO, detectives began investigating Snider in May after a teen in Sebring told her mother that Snider repeatedly molested her when she was between the ages of 6 and 9 from 2004 to 2009.

At the time, Snider was a maintenance man at the Executive Economy Lodge at 555 S. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

The BSO said they've identified two victims and tentatively identified six others and believe there may be more. Snider told a BSO detective he'd been molesting girls since he was a child and didn't know how many victims there were but that he did it whenever he had the opportunity, authorities said.

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Snider was born and raised in Tallahassee, Alabama, and in the 1990s lived in Williamson, Jefferson, Hardin, Panola and Orange counties in Texas. He lived in Las Vegas in 1999 then moved around Florida, living in Sebring, Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg and Miami.

The BSO said he has a clean criminal history except for an old prostitution charge.

Snider, who is suffering from lung disease, was being held without bond Wednesday. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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