LAKELAND, FL: Cops say Church Volunteer Had Sex With Boy

August 12, 2009 by  
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13-Year-Old Met Man At Auburndale Church

A church volunteer who is HIV positive has been arrested on charges that he sexually battered a 13-year-old boy and had intercourse with him.

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Jere Michael Temple

Jere Michael Temple began spending time with the victim about six months ago after meeting him at the Rainbow Promise Community Church in Auburndale. Rev. Karen Ducham said Temple attended services and was a volunteer.

According to the Lakeland Police Department, Temple spent weekends with the teen and acted as a mentor. The victim told a detective the 58-year-old man had unprotected sex with him on multiple occasions. The teen told his mother about the incidents on Friday, and she reported the allegations to police. Temple is being held on $1.25 million bond.

Source: ClickOrlando.com

Broward deputy charged with fourteen felony counts

August 4, 2009 by  
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The Broward County Sheriff has announced the arrest of a sheriff’s deputy on fourteen felony counts including sexual battery in a position of control or authority, armed kidnapping, stalking and battery.

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Jonathan Bleiweiss

Sheriff Al Lamberti says the deputy “betrayed his badge and abused his power.”

Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss has been with Broward County Sheriff’s Department since 2002.

The Sheriff says Bleiweiss was targeting undocumented immigrants while on patrol in uniform, armed, in his patrol car.

According to the Sheriff, Deputy Bleiweiss would search for his victims, pull them over, and sexually batter them.

Sheriff Lamberti says the investigation began when an employer of one of the victims came forward with the allegations. Fort Lauderdale PD was contacted by an attorney and then notified BSO’s Sex Crimes Unit when they realized the incidents happened in Oakland Park.

The Sheriff’s Office says there are several victims and believes there are more.

In one case an adult male victim was waiting outside an apartment complex in Oakland Park for a ride to work. That’s when Sheriff Lamberti says Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss approached in a marked BSO patrol car and requested his identification.

The victim told BSO Sex Crimes detectives that Deputy Bleiweiss placed him against the patrol unit and during the pat down placed his hand inside the victim’s underwear and groped him.

Investigators said during that encounter Dep. Bleiweiss demanded the victim’s cell phone number and proceeded to call and send him text messages. Similar sexual encounters continued until June.

The Sheriff’s Office wants victims to come forward and are urged to call Detective Graciela Benito at (954) 321-4249.

Bleiweiss is remains in BSO custody. He is currently suspended without pay and being held without bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Barrington Benjimen Smith meets 12 year-old for sex

July 9, 2009 by  
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Police say an 18 year old man was found naked in bed with a 12 year-old girl and tried to have sex with her. And it all started with a popular social networking site.

Port St. Lucie police say a 12 year-old girl met 18 year-old Barrington Benjimen Smith II on MySpace.com.  They started chatting and police say they agreed to meet and have sex.

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An arrest report shows at the end of June, Smith snuck into the 12 year-old’s room and the two started kissing and the two were found naked.

The girl’s cousin broke down the door and found them.

Smith took off running, but was later arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and attempted lewd and lascivious battery.