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A Walt Disney World worker was arrested Monday afternoon on charges he tried to meet a supposed minor for sex, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The 22-year-old allegedly communicated online with what he thought was an aunt on Craigslist for three days last week about having sexual relations with her 13-year-old niece, according to reports.

Reports indicate that the “aunt” was an undercover detective working with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children operation.

In one of the communications, the Ocoee man allegedly said that he can “teach” the girl about sexual relations.

When the man arrived at an agreed location to meet the “aunt” and “girl” Monday afternoon, he was arrested. He told police that he only came to the meeting place to report the “aunt,” according to reports.

The man “has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the charges,” according to a Disney spokesperson.

Traveling to meet a minor for sex is a very serious charge that is classified as a second-degree felony punishable by a prison term of up to 15 years and fines of up to $10,000. If convicted, you could be looking at a minimum of 21 months behind bars, not to mention mandatory registration as a sex offender.

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A man arrested after a fatal crash New Year’s Day in 2013, which killed one passenger and seriously injured two others, was found guilty Tuesday of multiple charges.

The 23-year-old man was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury.

The man was driving down Beach Boulevard with three other people in the vehicle after leaving a New Year’s Eve party when he lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a right turn.

He struck a metal pole, which fatally injured a 20-year-old passenger. The other two passengers suffered serious injuries, but recovered. The investigation revealed that the man was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol level of .178.

He faces up to 25 years in prison. He will be sentenced the week of Oct. 31.

No matter what the situation, a car accident that results in a death is always a tragedy. Adding a DUI charge to this just makes the situation that much worse. Knowing what to do after you have been charged with DUI manslaughter can be confusing if you do not seek the legal help you need. It is crucial that you understand the charges you are up against, the potential consequences, and your viable defenses.

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A Bradenton woman is in jail after police claim she sent a bomb threat to her neighbor last weekend, resulting in the entire block being evacuated.  

The 50-year-old woman made her first appearance in court on Monday.

Investigators believe that on Saturday night, the woman sent a text message to her neighbor saying there was a bomb in the backyard that would go off in one hour.

Her neighbor said the bomb threat “caused significant amount of stress” for himself, his wife and their children.

Police evacuated the 1600 block of the neighborhood.

The bomb threat was not real.

The judge ordered the woman to stay 500 feet away from her neighbor’s house, even if it means she has to find a new home. Her bond is set at $25,000.

Police are still investigating the motive for the threat.

There is nothing funny about issuing a fake bomb threat. Law enforcement takes threats of this nature very seriously as it can easily unleash panic among the public. While it might seem that bomb threats are nothing more than a silly prank, the truth of the matter is that these threats must be taken seriously as they can lead to a lot of damage.

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A St. Petersburg police officer has been charged with domestic battery.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the man was arrested Monday following an altercation with his live-in girlfriend.

The alleged incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The man was arrested Sunday.

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Boynton Beach police arrested 15 people in their month-long undercover drug sting ‘Operation Dirty Dope’ aimed at catching suspected drug dealers across Boynton Beach.

With 247 overdoses since the start of the year, 19 of which turned fatal, Boynton Beach police launched this sting operation in an attempt to try to slow the pace of the drug trade. Police believe heroin was involved in more than two-thirds of the cases. Police also found heroin at 11 of the fatal overdoses, they said.

Of those arrested, 11 are accused of selling heroin and cocaine to undercover officers and confidential informants, according to police. The drug deals happened across Boynton Beach in Publix parking lots, a park, an apartment complex and other places, according to arrest reports.

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A Polk County ex-teacher facing 22 years in prison for child sex crimes will be asking for a lighter punishment, according to reports.

The former English teacher pleaded guilty to 37 child-sex charges in March 2015 and was sentenced a few months later.

The 31-year-old was initially arrested on allegations she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. Investigators said she also admitted to having sex with two other teens at the school.

The judge told the woman that even though the victims were willing participants, their age doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a crime.

Now, the woman is seeking a lighter sentences for several factors, including an undisclosed mental condition, the victims being willing participants and a lack of treatment options available to her in prison.

She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to ask for that lighter sentence.

Any criminal accusation involving sex is quite serious and should be dealt with accordingly. Prison time and steep fines are enough to worry about for any criminal charge, however, sex crimes punishments can haunt you long after you have served your sentence. You are required to register as a sex offender in a public database, where anyone can see the details of your crime.

Just because you have been convicted of a sex crime, this does not mean that your defense is completely done. Depending on the facts of your case, it may be possible to appeal your conviction or obtain a reduced sentence.

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A 16-year-old Winter Springs teen was arrested Thursday on charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a crash that claimed the life of an 18-year-old friend, according to Winter Springs police.

The teen was driving east on Shepard Road near Lisa Loop about 4:45 a.m. Aug. 27 when he lost control of the car, which left the road and hit a tree.

The passenger, died.

The teen allegedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The teen’s blood-alcohol content was apparently over the legal limit for Florida drivers.

It should also be noted that people younger than 21 cannot legally consume alcohol.

The teen was going at least 75 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The teen was booked into the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center on Thursday afternoon.

There are defenses in DUI manslaughter cases, which our Seminole County Criminal Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can use. Even if the evidence stacked against you seems overwhelming, there are certain circumstances that could lead to such evidence being thrown out of court.

Being charged with DUI manslaughter is a very serious offense that will forever impact your life if convicted. Florida is one of those states that imposes strict DUI laws to deter drivers from driving drunk, and these penalties are enhanced on a regular basis.

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A Dixie County man, currently on probation for a Marion County rape, has been arrested on multiple charges after authorities claim he forced a man and woman to have sex in his camper.

The 36-year-old was charged by the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday on two counts of sexual battery while armed with a deadly weapon, two counts of false imprisonment, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Thursday, the man was charged by the Florida Department of Corrections for violating the probation he was on for previous convictions, including a sexual battery from Marion County. He had been released from prison on Aug. 1.

According to reports, a 20-year-old man and 53-year-old woman were staying in the man’s small camping trailer from Sept. 1 through Sept. 4 using illegal drugs. At one point, the man is accused of becoming violent, getting a gun and forcing the others to have sex while he watched.

The man apparently refused to let the two leave, padlocking the outside door to keep them in when he left the camper. The two were able to get out and call authorities when the man left for medical treatment and failed to lock the door.

When you are charged with a sex crime in Florida, it is normal to feel like the world is against you. Sex crimes are highly stigmatized by the public and treated quite harshly by the criminal justice system. There is no doubt that these charges require the help of a criminal defense attorney who will work to protect your rights.

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A Tavares High School janitor has been accused of poisoning his coworker last week after she received a job promotion he wanted, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The 39-year-old was arrested Friday on a poisoning charge after a fellow custodian reported to a school resource deputy that she suspected she had been poisoned, according to reports.

The woman, the school’s lead custodian, told investigators she believed the man wanted a job promotion and he had been trying to get her in trouble.

She told deputies she had sipped a Coca-Cola that she had bought from Wendy’s and had left unattended on her office desk. After sipping the drink, she said her throat started to burn and she had trouble breathing.

The woman said she recognized the odor, saying it was similar to that of a commercial floor stripper that was near her desk.

When investigators tested the Coke, they found chemical levels consistent with ingredients of the floor stripping product.

The manufacturer’s website warns that the substance is harmful if ingested and can cause respiratory irritation.

She was taken to Tavares’ Florida Hospital Waterman for treatment.

The man was booked into the Lake County Jail. He was released after paying $25,000 in bail.

The school district said the man’s employment status is under internal review. Officials said he was assigned to another location with no access to the woman or to any children.

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A New York man is accused of traveling to New Port Richey to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

On Tuesday night, at approximately 11 p.m., Pasco deputies were dispatched to the girl’s home in reference to an unwanted guest complaint.

The caller advised that his wife found a 21-year-old man in the bedroom closet of his 13-year-old daughter.

The man, 21, apparently told detectives he traveled from Staten Island, New York to New Port Richey by train to visit the teen.  

The detective allegedly discovered the man had numerous nude photos of the victim on his cell phone.

Detectives arrested the man for lewd and lascivious battery, traveling to meet a minor and possession of child pornography.

According to the arrest report, the man told detectives he met the girl three years ago online and started “dating” her a year ago. He apparently told detectives he was unaware that the girl was 13.  

The man was booked into the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

If you have been accused of traveling to meet a minor for sex, it is important to speak with a Pasco County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible. Do not wait as these charges are very serious. You could face up to 15 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

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