Suspects kidnapped, beat, and raped a female juvenile

Suspects kidnapped, beat, and raped a female juvenile

[Last updated on March 3, 2016, at 9:28 p.m.] Ocklawaha, Florida — Three suspects have now been arrested after a female juvenile victim reported that she was raped and “stuffed” into the trunk of a car. On January 18, 2016, Marion County sheriff’s investigators responded to UF Health Shands Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to meet […]

Summerfield men arrested for contact with same girl

Summerfield men arrested for contact with same girl

Summerfield, Florida — Two Summerfield men were arrested after an investigation revealed that they had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl. According to reports, on December 18, 2015, the victim’s mother reported that Dontray R. Smith, 20, had sexual intercourse with her daughter. The 15-year-old stated that Dontray invited her to his house because he “wanted […]

Man sexually abused 11-year-old and forced her to do drugs

Man sexually abused 11-year-old and forced her to do drugs

Ocala, Florida — A Citra man is behind bars in Marion County after the Department of Children and Families received notification that an 11-year-old female had been sexually abused and forced to use drugs. In October 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ocala Springs Elementary, located at 5757 Northeast 40th Avenue Road, and made […]

Man who was falsely accused of rape, back in jail

Man who was falsely accused of rape, back in jail

Ocala, Florida — Probation officers say a man who was on felony probation was arrested after he left Marion County without permission. Records show that the man left Marion County for a job interview with Rita Staffing in Lakeland. In August of 2011, when he was just 18 years old and a senior at West […]

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Police dispatcher charged with Capital Sexual Battery

Palm Bay, Florida — A police dispatcher was arrested on Monday and charged with eight (8) counts of Capital Sexual Battery and five (5) counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. According to reports, Amanda Chandler, 40, was having a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old boy. Palm Bay police said Chandler is married and has two […]

Ocala man sexually abused girl for 10 years

Ocala man sexually abused girl for 10 years

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ocala man and charged him with six (6) counts of Sexual Assault by a Custodian on a 15-year-old Female. According to investigators, the victim had been sexually abused since the age of four (4). On Monday, Deputy Marques responded to Northwest 3rd Place, Ocala, after […]

Have sex on the beach and get 2.5 years in prison

Have sex on the beach and get 2.5 years in prison

Bradenton Beach, Florida  — A man who was filmed having sex on a Florida beach was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on Monday. Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 21, were arrested in July 2014, for having sex on Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach, Florida. The couple was charged with Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition (F). During the […]

Florida police officer arrested for sexual abuse on a 2-year-old girl

Florida police officer arrested for sexual abuse on a 2-year-old girl

Lakeland, Florida — Around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the FBI received a message on a social networking site from 32-year-old Joshua Smith of Lakeland, in reference to sex acts Smith was committing on a 2-year-old female child. The message to the undercover agent read, “No limit perv dad here. Looking for someone […]

Corrections officer arrested for sexual battery; held without bond

Corrections officer arrested for sexual battery; held without bond

[Last updated om March 3, 2015, at 9:04 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — A corrections officer who worked for Marion Correctional Institution was arrested Friday, and is being held without bond. According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives, on February 26, a victim had arrived at the sheriff’s office and stated she had been sexually assaulted […]

Fail to re-register as a sex predator, go back to jail

Fail to re-register as a sex predator, go back to jail

Ocala, Florida — In November 2014, there were 159 sexual offenders and predators required to register in Marion County, Florida. During that time, only 149 complied with state requirements; leaving 10 unaccounted for. Eight of the non-compliant registrants finally reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on December 1, 2014; leaving two that had not […]

Ocala man had multiple victims of child pornography and voyeurism

Ocala man had multiple victims of child pornography and voyeurism

Silver Springs, Florida — On Tuesday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives executed a search warrant and arrested Robert Earl Toole, 50, on child pornography charges. Toole resides at 3433 Northeast 56th Avenue, Silver Springs, Florida. Toole’s arrest stemmed from an undercover internet investigation on individuals possessing and transmitting child pornography in the Marion […]

Homeless man took advantage of a caring family, had sex with minor

Homeless man took advantage of a caring family, had sex with minor

Ocala, Florida — A homeless man remains behind bars after deputies learned he had sex with a minor. An Ocala father is beyond angry after a homeless man, whom he gave a place to stay, had sex with his minor daughter. According to reports, Michael Fairweather, 28, had been “couch-hopping” between the father’s house and […]

MCSO BOLO: Man attempted to abduct autistic boy

MCSO BOLO: Man attempted to abduct autistic boy

[Last updated January 30, 2015, at 9:01 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who attempted to abduct a 15-year-old autistic child. The incident happened in the Silver Springs Shores area. According to reports, a newer two-door black Chevy Silverado with chrome accents pulled up to the victim’s […]

Ocala police officer fired following sex case

Ocala police officer fired following sex case

Ocala, Florida — Last year, Ocala Post reported on Bennie L. Wilson, III, 41, the now former Ocala police officer arrested on two counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor. According to documents received from the Ocala Police Department, Wilson attended a pre-disciplinary conference on Thursday, following the end of an Internal Affairs investigation. […]

Sex predator threatened to kill teen victim; mother was dating the suspect

Sex predator threatened to kill teen victim; mother was dating the suspect

Ocala, Florida — Edwin R. Bermudez, 37, will remain behind bars following his January 7, arrest. According to reports, on January 7, Ocala police met with a 15-year-old victim who stated Bermudez, a convicted sex predator, had moved into her home in October 2014 and began a sexual relationship with her mother. The victim believes […]

The owner of a popular waterside restaurant and two others, abused 15-year-old girl

The owner of a popular waterside restaurant and two others, abused 15-year-old girl

DeLand, Florida — The comments of a 60-year-old DeLand man sparked an intensive investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It all started when witnesses said the man offered to pay money if someone could introduce him to some young girls. The investigation that culminated Wednesday morning led to three arrests, including a DeBary couple […]