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A Kissimmee man accused of sexually battering a child has been arrested, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was arrested June 15 and charged with three counts of capital sexual battery.

Deputies began their investigation into the man in April after receiving information about alleged sexual abuse.  

The 13-year-old alleged victim told investigators that the man sexually battered and inappropriately touched her several times when she was between 9 and 12 years old.

A felony warrant was issued for the man’s arrest. He was located at a home in the 700 block of Hacienda Circle in Kissimmee.

The man was booked into the Osceola County Jail without bond.

Accusations of sexual battery can ruin your reputation even if your name is eventually cleared from any wrongdoing. Sadly, these cases usually rely on one person’s word against the other – the alleged victim vs. the accused. The prosecution will cling to any shred of evidence they have against the accused and fight aggressively to obtain a conviction. That is why you must take these charges seriously and make sure your rights are protected from the start of your case to its finish.

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A University of Florida professor has been arrested on a cyberstalking charge, according to a police report.

The 45-year-old  professor in the College of Pharmacy is accused of stalking a woman who used to work for him, according to the University of Florida Police report.

The woman told UPD’s victim’s advocate office on Tuesday that the man had been communicating with her through email and text messages after she told him to stop, the report said. She told investigators that the professor’s actions caused her to quit her job.

The man allegedly continued to try to contact her, which she claims caused her distress and resulted in her having her mother accompany her to various locations. The woman also claims the man once followed her to her car and made contact with her father, believing that the woman was in the car.

The man is accused of resisting being handcuffed at the time of his arrest, the report said.

The man, who was hired in 2014, has been placed on administrative leave and UF is in the process of having him trespassed, according to a UF spokeswoman.

The man will not be allowed on campus until the case is resolved or it is determined he is not a threat, according to the university.

The man was arrested on charges of cyberstalking and resisting arrest. He was being held Wednesday in the Alachua County jail on $5,000 bond.

Stalking through social media websites, texting, calling and leaving voice mails are all forms of stalking. There are other varieties of stalking, including:

  • Unwanted following
  • Harassing
  • Lurking around the person’s place of employment
  • Hanging out in parking lots where the victim’s car may be parked

In order to prove stalking charges, it must be demonstrated that the offender has pursued the individual and repeatedly or continuously harassed them to the point the person has a reasonable cause to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.

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The good news is that overall crime is down in Flagler County, but the bad news is that violent crime is up in many categories.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report, the rates of rape, aggravated assault, burglaries and stolen vehicles all increase in 2015. There was also one murder in the county, up from zero in 2014.

Flagler County’s sheriff says his deputies have managed to keep the crime rate low for a long time. And despite increases in key categories, the overall crime rate is still down .6 percent.

The increase has been blamed on population growth. In the last four years, the county’s population has grown by about 10 percent.

The sheriff said whenever they start to see a spike in crime in specific areas, they flood the zones with patrols.

Statewide, crime is also up in several categories, although overall crime is down 1.6 percent.

In 2015, the crime rates rose in the following categories:

  • Murder: 5.7 percent
  • Rape: 6.1 percent
  • Fondling: 2.0 percent
  • Aggravated Assault: 3.9 percent
  • Motor vehicle Theft: 12.4 percent

The report also breaks down domestic violence-related crime by category. Overall, domestic violence-related crime is up .5 percent.

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A Brooksville father is accused of peering into the bedroom window of a teenage girl Tuesday night while leaving his 10-year-old son home alone with access to two loaded weapons.

The alleged incident happened in a neighborhood off of Trillum Boulevard, just east of the Suncoast Parkway.

Deputies claim a patrol deputy saw the 42-year-old peering into the bedroom window of an 18-year-old girl. When the man was first approached, he apparently concocted a story about searching for a dog he had lost six weeks prior.

When deputies further questioned him, the man allegedly admitted he had been looking at the teenage girl, and that it wasn’t the first time.

Following his arrest, deputies apparently learned the man left his 10-year-old son home alone with access to a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a loaded 9mm pistol.

The man was charged with five counts of voyeurism and one count of child neglect.

He has since posted his $10,000 bail.

The law prohibits watching someone or taking an image of someone, for sexual gratification and without their consent. The crime of voyeurism, or Peeping Tom, is taken very seriously, especially with the recent scandal involving TV personality Erin Andrews. A voyeurism conviction will not only stain your record, but could lead to time behind bars and mandate that you register as a sexual offender. Being a registered sex offender will limit your freedoms, including where you live and work and even whether you are approved for a loan.

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A 76-year-old Pinellas Park doctor has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the deaths of three patients who were prescribed pain medications at his clinic.

A federal judge in Tampa called the man a “drug pusher” at sentencing Monday and said he will have the “rest of his life to think about that.”

Reports indicate that the man was unaware he was breaking the law and asked the judge to show mercy on his 66-year-old wife who is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday. She managed her husband’s office.

The couple was convicted during a 17-day trial on multiple counts in a drug and financial conspiracy.

The man was held accountable for the three deaths.

In an attempt to crack down on the pill mill epidemic in Florida, police and prosecutors can be a tad overzealous when it comes to charging legitimate health care professionals with running pill mills. With that said, innocent doctors and other health care providers are often accused of committing crimes they did not commit.

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Polk County deputies have arrested a Polk County high school teacher for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old female student.

The 34-year-old has been charged with three counts of sexual battery by custodian on a victim between 12 and 18 years old.

The sexual activity took place during the 2014-2015 school year, according to deputies.

Investigators claim the teacher and the student started “sexting” on their phones and then the relationship turned physical. A report alleges that there were two sexual encounters in a classroom at the school and another at the man’s home.

Investigators allege that when they questioned the man he blamed his behavior on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from serving in the military. According to reports, the man apparently told the girl he was involved with that he felt “guilty” about the relationship, because he was married and his wife was pregnant at the time.

The man has been an employee of Polk County Schools since 2010.

The district said he has been placed on administrative leave. A recommendation is being made to terminate him, according to reports.

Sex crimes charges are prosecuted quite aggressively in the state of Florida. After accusations have been made, it is important to get the legal help you need as these cases can be quite taxing on those accused due to the fact that they are very emotionally driven.

Everyone has the right to a fair trial. However, sexually based offenses carry a powerful social stigma that makes protecting your rights much more complicated than any other types of criminal charges. It is important to remember that you are entitled to a fair trial, even if the court of public opinion has already found you guilty.

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A state prison corrections officer was arrested this week after being accused of molesting a young girl at an Ormond Beach-area day care he co-owned.

The girl, who is now 9 years old, told her mother about the alleged abuse in April 2015, several years after it allegedly happened, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

The girl apparently told deputies that the 49-year-old touched her and showed her pornographic videos when she was at the daycare.

Deputies say the alleged abuse happened between 2008 and 2010.

The man was arrested Tuesday and is facing a lewd or lascivious molestation charge.

When a child makes a sex crimes accusation it is usually presumed to be true, without question, regardless of whether there is any truth behind it. That is why it is critical to retain legal help as soon as an accusation has been made against you, regardless of your innocence.

Child molestation is a very serious accusation. At Whittel & Melton, our Volusia County Criminal Defense Lawyers can work to help you whether you are the innocent victim of a false accusation or misunderstanding, or whether you have made a mistake. While each case is different, we have successfully handles many sex crimes cases and know how to handle these challenging situations.  

If you are accused of child molestation, understand that you will likely automatically be viewed as guilty, not just by law enforcement and prosecutors, but also by your friends, coworkers, and even family members. You could even be separated from your own children, despite whether or not they are alleged victims.

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an officer with the Orlando Police Department was arrested this past weekend in Manatee County for DUI and hit-and-run.  

FHP claims that on Saturday, troopers investigated a hit-and-run accident involving two unattended parked cars at 7085 46th Ave. W. in Bradenton.

Reports indicate that the cop was stopped in the area after a Manatee County deputy observed him swerving on the roadway. Troopers said he was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle.

During the investigation, troopers allege they were able to link the DUI and hit-and-run to the police officer.

He was arrested and charged with DUI and hit-and-run.

The Orlando Police Department said the man has been with the force since 2012 and is assigned to the midnight patrol. Reports indicate that the man has been relieved of his law enforcement duties, credentials and firearms pending an internal investigation.

Anyone can be charged with DUI, as this case shows. Your actions following a DUI arrest are critical to the outcome of your case, and it is very important to obtain legal help as soon as possible. There are various defenses available for a DUI charge, and if used successfully, these defenses could lead to a reduction or even dismissal of charges.

While there are numerous defenses available, two that are often brought up involve the reason behind the stop and the method used to test the driver’s BAC. In order for a DUI stop to be legal, police must must have a legal reason to make a stop before administering tests to determine the driver’s BAC levels. If the officer cannot provide a reason for stopping the driver, the stop itself may be illegal and the charges could very well be dismissed.

If the stop is legal, then it is very important to assess the process that was used to determine the driver’s BAC. It must be evaluated that the right method was used and that the sample was analyzed properly.

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Detectives arrested a St. Petersburg man who was allegedly running a drug operation involving more than $1 million worth of marijuana.

The 24-year-old is facing charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Detectives claim they have been watching the man for several years.They received a tip that he was storing large quantities of marijuana in his apartment, which led them to obtain a search warrant, according to reports.

On March 23, investigators went to his apartment and apparently found 23 pounds of high-grade hydroponic marijuana that was packaged and ready for distribution inside his kitchen cabinets. Detectives claim they also found three guns and $87,000 in suspected drug money.

For the next month, detectives continued to investigate the man, and they claim they were able to identify about 230 pounds of marijuana — including the 23 pounds found his house apartment — and $168,000 cash associated with his operation.

Police say 230 pounds of marijuana has a street value of $1,150,000.

The U.S. Postal Service assisted police with the investigation, according to reports.

Being caught with any amount of marijuana and charged with a crime of marijuana possession in Florida is a very common drug charge. However, this does not mean you  should take these charges lightly. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you could be facing hefty fines, a permanent criminal record, and a significant amount of time behind bars.

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A former Miami-Dade County police director and mayor is facing a domestic violence-related charge following a fight with his longtime girlfriend.

A Coral Gables police report claims the man turned himself in Wednesday, and he was charged with battery.

The arrest report describes that the man’s girlfriend went to his home Saturday to return a cat, and the two began to argue. The woman told police that the man grabbed her by both arms and pinned her against a wall. The report accuses the man of yelling profanities at the woman and spitting at her.

Investigators said the woman’s injuries were consistent with her statement.

The woman and her teenage daughter told police a pattern of domestic violence had developed since 2013, according to reports.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, the best thing you can do to help your case is to get an attorney involved now. Time is of the essence when it comes to these cases. Prosecutors file charges very quickly in regards to domestic disputes, so it is important that an investigation is conducted as soon as possible so that the best defense strategy can be applied. Each case is unique and varies based on facts specific to the case. However, it is best to not delay in obtaining legal representation so that your chances of reducing the charges or obtaining a favorable outcome is not compromised.

It is impossible to predict what will happen with your case without knowing the facts. Punishment varies in each case and depends on whether there are any prior offenses, the extent of any injuries, whether there were any weapons involved, the conduct alleged, whether physical or verbal violence occurred, including making a criminal threat or stalking.

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