Nov 282013
 

Retired FBI agent becomes longest held American hostage in history after more than six years in Iran

  • Robert Levison, 65, disappeared from the Iranian isle of Kish in 2007

  • He was privately investigating cigarette smuggling after leaving FBI in 1998

  • He’s been missing for 2,455 days – one more than freed Terry Anderson

  • There have been claims Iran’s government are holding him, despite denials

 

Daily Mail / UK
by Matt Blake
November 26, 2013

This undated handout photo provided by the family of Robert Levinson, shows retired-FBI agent Robert Levinson, 64, dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

This undated handout photo provided by the family of Robert Levinson, shows retired-FBI agent Robert Levinson, 64, dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

 

A retired FBI agent has become the longest-held American hostage in history, more than six years after he was kidnapped in Iran.

Robert Levinson, 65, has now been held for exactly 2,455 days – one day more than US journalist Terry Anderson who was released by his Iran-backed Hezbollah captors in 1991, according to the FBI.

 

Hostage Robert Levinson2

Levinson, who left the bureau in 1998, was working as a private investigator looking into cigarette smuggling on the Iranian island of Kish – a hotbed for organised crime – when he vanished in 2007.

The last his family heard of him was in 2011 when they were sent video and photos of him an anonymous email sparking fears the Iranian intelligence services may be behind his abduction.

 

Longest-serving hostage: Levinson has now been held for exactly 2,455 days - one day more than US journalist Terry Anderson (pictured) who was released by his Iran-backed Hezbollah captors in 1991

Longest-serving hostage: Levinson has now been held for exactly 2,455 days – one day more than US journalist Terry Anderson (pictured) who was released by his Iran-backed Hezbollah captors in 1991

 

The photographs were released by the family to renew public interest in the case and come two years after a hostage video and photographs of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson raised the possibility that the missing American was being held by terrorists.

Levinson, a Private Investigator, disappeared in 2007 on the Iranian island of Kish.

The Iranian government has repeatedly denied knowing anything about his disappearance, and the disturbing video and photos that Levinson’s family received in late 2010 and early 2011 seemed to give credence to the idea.

 

Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson (pictured far left) with his family in Coral Springs, Florida

Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson (pictured far left) with his family in Coral Springs, Florida

 

The extraordinary photos — showing Levinson’s hair wild and gray, his beard long and unkempt — are being seen for the first time publicly after the family provided copies to the AP. The video has been previously released.

In response to Iran’s repeated denials, and amid secret conversations with Iran’s government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement in March 2011 that Levinson was being held somewhere in South Asia.

The implication was that Levinson might be in the hands of terrorist group or criminal organization somewhere in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

The statement was a goodwill gesture to Iran, one that the U.S. hoped would prod Tehran to help bring him home.

But nothing happened.

 

A progression of images released by the FBI which shows the aging and hair growth of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson from before his kidnap in 2007 (1st left) to the first image released of him in 2009 to a more recent CGI 2011 image of the hostage

A progression of images released by the FBI which shows the aging and hair growth of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson from before his kidnap in 2007 (1st left) to the first image released of him in 2009 to a more recent CGI 2011 image of the hostage

 

Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and became a private investigator. He was investigating cigarette smuggling in early 2007, and his family has said that took him to the Iranian island of Kish, where he was last seen

Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and became a private investigator. He was investigating cigarette smuggling in early 2007, and his family has said that took him to the Iranian island of Kish, where he was last seen

 

Two years later, with the investigation stalled, the consensus now among some U.S. officials involved in the case is that despite years of denials, Iran’s intelligence service was almost certainly behind the 54-second video and five photographs of Levinson that were emailed anonymously to his family.

The level of expertise used to send those items was too good, indicating professional spies were behind them, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly.

While everything dealing with Iran is murky, their conclusion is based on the U.S. government’s best intelligence analysis.

The photos, for example, portray Levinson in an orange jumpsuit like those worn by detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. The family received them via email in April 2011. In each photo, he held a sign bearing a different message.

 

P.I. & Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson with three of his daughters in Coral Springs in Florida before his disappearance

P.I. & Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson with three of his daughters in Coral Springs in Florida before his disappearance

 

‘I am here in Guantanamo,’ one said. ‘Do you know where it is?’

Another read: ‘This is the result of 30 years serving for USA.’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has personally and repeatedly criticized the U.S. over its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

U.S. operatives in Afghanistan managed to trace the cellphone used to send the photographs, officials said. But the owner had nothing to do with the photos, and the trail went cold.

It was that way, too, with the hostage video the family received. It was sent from a cyber cafe in Pakistan in November 2010.

The video depicted a haggard Levinson, who said he was being held by a ‘group.’ In the background, Pashtun wedding music can be heard.

 

Robert Levinson with one of his grandchildren before his disappearance in 2007 on an Iranian resort island investigating cigarette smuggling

Robert Levinson with one of his grandchildren before his disappearance in 2007 on an Iranian resort island investigating cigarette smuggling

 

The Pashtun people live primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan, just across Iran’s eastern border.

Yet the sender left no clues to his identity and never used that email address again.

Whoever was behind the photos and video was no amateur, U.S. authorities concluded.

They made no mistakes, leading investigators to conclude it had to be a professional intelligence service like Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

Levinson’s wife, Christine, provided the photos to The Associated Press because she felt her husband’s disappearance was not getting the attention it deserves from the government.

‘There isn’t any pressure on Iran to resolve this,’ she said. ‘It’s been much too long.’

Though U.S. diplomats and the FBI have tried behind the scenes to find Levinson, of Coral Springs, Florida, and bring him home, both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have said little about his case and have applied little public pressure on Iran for more information about Levinson’s whereabouts.

Christine Levinson has watched more public pressure result in Iran’s release of a trio of hikers, a journalist named Roxana Saberi and a team of British sailors captured by the Iranian Navy. Everyone has come home except her husband.

 

US blames Iranian government for photos and video release

 

Washington’s quiet diplomacy, meanwhile, has yielded scant results beyond the Iranian president’s promise to help find Levinson.

‘We assumed there would be some kind of follow-up and we didn’t get any,’ Christine Levinson said.

‘After those pictures came, we received nothing.’

In one meeting between the two countries, the Iranians told the U.S. that they were looking for Levinson and were conducting raids in Baluchistan, a mountainous region that includes parts of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

But the U.S. ultimately concluded that the Iranians made up the story. There were no raids, and officials determined that the episode was a ruse by Iranian counterintelligence to learn how U.S. intelligence agencies work.

An expert on Russian organized crime, Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and became a private investigator. He was investigating cigarette smuggling in early 2007, and his family has said that took him to the Iranian island of Kish, where he was last seen.

Kish is a popular resort area and a hotbed of smuggling and organized crime. It is also a free trade zone, meaning U.S. citizens do not need visas to travel there.

 

Direct Link:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513663/Retired-FBI-agent-longest-held-hostage-years-Iran.html

 

Jul 182013
 

NRA blasts Holder for attacking ‘stand-your-ground’ laws after Zimmerman verdict

FOX News
July 17, 2013

NRA blasts Holder for attacking 'stand-your-ground' laws after Zimmerman verdict

NRA blasts Holder for attacking ‘stand-your-ground’ laws after Zimmerman verdict

The National Rifle Association blasted Eric Holder for using the George Zimmerman case to attack “stand-your-ground” laws, accusing the attorney general of exploiting Trayvon Martin’s shooting death for political gain. 

Holder weighed in on the controversial self-defense laws for the first time on Tuesday during a speech to the annual NAACP convention, calling for a national review of the statutes. 

“Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation’s attention, it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said. 

Holder has already confirmed that his Justice Department continues to investigate Zimmerman, in the wake of his acquittal, for possible federal civil rights crimes. But Chris W. Cox, executive director NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, claimed Holder went too far in extending the debate to “stand-your-ground” laws. 

“The attorney general fails to understand that self-defense is not a concept, it’s a fundamental human right,” he said in a statement. “To send a message that legitimate self-defense is to blame is unconscionable, and demonstrates once again that this administration will exploit tragedies to push their political agenda.” 

The laws are in place in more than two dozen states, including Florida. They allow people to use deadly force if they think their life is being threatened. The role that law played in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is a matter of dispute — Zimmerman’s defense team technically did not use the law as the basis for their arguments. 

But Holder, in his speech to the NAACP, suggested that the laws encourage gun owners to seek confrontation rather than avoid it. 

“But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely,” Holder said. “By allowing — and perhaps encouraging — violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety.” 

He called for a “hard look” at the laws. The crowd applauded as he said “we must stand our ground.” 

The “stand-your-ground” laws have been a popular target ever since the Martin shooting, and the pressure has intensified after Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, though, told Fox News that officials should not politicize the case. 

“We shouldn’t turn this into politics. This was a tragedy,” he told Fox News on Monday. 

Scott noted that he already put together a bipartisan commission to examine Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law. 

“Their recommendation is we not make any changes, that it is working the way it was intended,” Scott said.

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Jul 102013
 

Florida police officers embroiled in sex scandal after ‘groping employee, pressuring her for sex on-and-off duty and sending her graphic pictures over EIGHT years’

 

  • Sue Eberle is married with two children and admits having sex with up to a dozen officers
  • Detailed trysts they had in stations, patrol cars, motels and even a parking lot after a memorial service for slain officer
  • Said she has both consenting and coerced sex
  • Lakeland police Capt John Thomason, the highest-ranking LPD supervisor, retired after being named in scandal

 

DAILY MAIL / UK
By Associated Press Reporter
July 10, 2013

A report addressed to Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack, pictured, drew parallels between the sex scandal and other 'shortcomings' within the department, including problems with traffic stops, and searches

A report addressed to Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack, pictured, drew parallels between the sex scandal and other ‘shortcomings’ within the department, including problems with traffic stops, and searches

 

A sex scandal has erupted in Lakeland Police Department after an employee claims she was groped and pressured for sex by up to a dozen officers over eight years and detailed trysts in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and even in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer.

Sue Eberle, 37, has told officials she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter and was once propositioned by a city worker in Lakeland.

Eberle’s accounts of the liaisons were largely corroborated by her sexual partners and others within the police department and published in a graphic, 59-page report written in an incredulous tone by the county’s top prosecutor.

It said the department’s problems investigating crimes might be caused by some high-ranking officers being more interested in having sex with Eberle – married mother-of-two – than doing their jobs.

Victim: Sue Eberle, 37, has told officials she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter and was once propositioned by a city worker in Lakeland

Victim: Sue Eberle, 37, has told officials she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter and was once propositioned by a city worker in Lakeland

 

Married mother-of-two: Eberle recounted how she had sex in police cars, cemeteries and motels with different officers and in the parking lot outside a reception that followed the funeral of Officer Arnulfo Crispin

Married mother-of-two: Eberle recounted how she had sex in police cars, cemeteries and motels with different officers and in the parking lot outside a reception that followed the funeral of Officer Arnulfo Crispin

 

‘The investigation revealed an extraordinary amount of sexual conduct that was committed both on-duty and off-duty,’ wrote Jerry Hill, Polk County’s state attorney, in the report dated June 25.

‘We find the conduct of a number of sworn officers, including some officers of rank, to be at best a waste of taxpayer dollars.

‘At worst their actions indicate a moral bankruptcy that exists amongst some individuals within the ranks at the Lakeland Police Department.’

Lakeland police Capt John Thomason, the highest-ranking LPD supervisor, retired after being named in a wide-reaching sex scandal

Lakeland police Capt John Thomason, the highest-ranking LPD supervisor, retired after being named in a wide-reaching sex scandal

 

Eberle, who has retained an attorney, recounted for Hill how she had sex in police cars, cemeteries and motels with different officers — and in the parking lot outside a reception that followed the December 2011 funeral of Officer Arnulfo Crispin, who had been fatally shot on duty.

She also said officers and some supervisors pressured her for sex, groped her while working and texted her photos of their genitalia.

‘She was a target. She was weak. And they knew that they could take advantage of that, so they preyed upon her. They preyed upon her, and that’s what’s so sick about it,’ Eberle’s attorney, David Linesch, said during a recent news conference.

Linesch’s spokeswoman said Eberle is not granting interviews at this time.

The Associated Press typically does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault but Eberle has gone public with her story, appearing alongside her attorney and husband at a recent news conference about the allegations.

The mother-of-two, is on paid administrative leave. Three city employees have resigned, and others – such as the former assistant chief of the department – have retired. Five other officers have been placed on either administrative leave or modified duty.

The scandal has stunned folks in Lakeland, a city of almost 100,000 people halfway between Tampa and Orlando.

‘It’s been devastating for the community,’ said Ellen Simms, who owns a framing shop in the city’s historic downtown.

‘The actions of a few are tarnishing the reputation of a good department. It’s heartbreaking.’

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, while Hill’s office spent three months interviewing participants and witnesses.

In his report addressed to Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack, Hill also drew parallels between the sex scandal and other ‘shortcomings’ within the department, including recent problems with traffic stops, searches and investigations that have been detailed in The Ledger, Lakeland’s newspaper.

 

Headquarters: Nearly a dozen police officers in Lakeland are under investigation after state and local officials uncovered a widespread sex scandal that has unfolded over eight years

Headquarters: Nearly a dozen police officers in Lakeland are under investigation after state and local officials uncovered a widespread sex scandal that has unfolded over eight years

 

‘Had these members of your department been more focused on the important responsibilities of law enforcement, rather than pursuing sexual encounters with a civilian analyst, LPD might not be in the condition it is today,’ Hill wrote.

Womack wouldn’t comment on the report or the scandal – a Lakeland Police spokeswoman said all comments are being made from City Hall.

Womack was an outsider who had worked in Illinois and Texas when she became the department’s chief in March 2011.

‘Our hearts ache for Mrs Sue Eberle and her family, the citizens of Lakeland, and all the families and children who have been affected by this tragedy,’ Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields wrote in a statement.

 

Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields said: 'Our hearts ache for Mrs Sue Eberle and her family, the citizens of Lakeland, and all the families and children who have been affected by this tragedy'

Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields said: ‘Our hearts ache for Mrs Sue Eberle and her family, the citizens of Lakeland, and all the families and children who have been affected by this tragedy’

 

Legislative leaders are furious and have asked Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd to help get the department on track.

‘We find the State Attorney’s report on the behavior of the LPD officials to be shocking, revolting and a clear cause for action,’ wrote Rep Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland.

‘A culture which, at best lacks professionalism and at worst encourages the reckless behavior of LDP officials, is apparently pervasive and is an embarrassment to our community. This culture has unfortunately eroded the public’s confidence in the Lakeland Police Department.’

Eberle, through her attorney and in the state attorney’s report, said she was unable to fend off the sexual advances because she has been a victim of sexual assault in the past.

Initially, she didn’t want to speak with investigators – she balked at turning over her phone with text messages and photos, saying that it would hurt the officers’ families – but later decided to cooperate because she felt victimized and abandoned by the department.

Eberle also confided in a female officer friend, who initially doubted the stories until Eberle showed her some of the text messages and photos she had received from other officers.

The friend told Hill that she thought Eberle’s desire to please, inability to say no and sexual promiscuity made her a target.

While seven officers admitted to having sexual contact with Eberle, three other sergeants denied her claims and refused to take polygraph tests. Hill said he questioned the credibility of those sergeants.

The report also said that other employees knew about the encounters and didn’t report it to higher-ups.

The state attorney said he couldn’t prosecute the cases because of a lack of physical evidence and because so much time has passed since some of the sexual encounters.

However, Fields said the officers and employees involved are under an internal investigation and will be ‘disciplined to the fullest extent’ if found to have acted inappropriately.

Judd, the sheriff, wouldn’t discuss the legislators’ proposal for him to help the department. But in an email to the AP, he said he was willing to help Lakeland.

‘My whole family is from Lakeland. I grew up here,’ Judd wrote. ‘I care about Lakeland, its reputation, and the quality of life we enjoy here.

‘We cannot lose sight that there are many fine and hardworking officers at LPD who are outstanding public servants.’

 

Direct Link:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359486/Sue-Eberle-Florida-police-officers-involved-sex-scandal.html

Jul 102013
 

FDLE Investigating LPD Employees

The LEDGER
by Jeremy Maready
April 26, 2013

 

FDLE Investigating LPD Employees for SEX SCANDAL

FDLE Investigating LPD Employees for SEX SCANDAL

 

 

LAKELAND -

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting a criminal investigation into the actions of Lakeland Police Department employees, FDLE and LPD officials confirmed this week, and it relates to two internal investigations by the department.

Lakeland Chief Lisa Womack requested help from FDLE investigators because of the seriousness of the allegations and the size of the investigation, Assistant Chief of Police Mike Link said.

“This was a pretty serious internal complaint that was lodged,” he said. “You also have to weigh these cases on the facts and merits. This was so large and complex and involved so many people, we thought it was best to request the assistance of an outside law enforcement agency.”

It’s not known when the criminal investigation will be complete, FDLE spokeswoman Deborah McDonald said. “There is a case we have (into LPD), but it’s still open.”

One of the internal investigations is ongoing, and no details were available, Link said.

The other was completed in January and resulted in the resignation of Officer Steve Sherman. In addition, crime analyst Sue Eberle was placed on paid administrative leave March 15. She remains employed by the department pending the outcome of the additional investigations, according to Link and records reviewed by The Ledger.

Sherman, 48, and Eberle, 37, did not respond to requests for comment made through the department.

Neither McDonald nor Link would comment on what potential illegalities might be involved in the criminal investigation or who it might target.

CARPENTERS WAY MEETING

The completed internal investigation stemmed from what Sgt. Jeff Gary saw while on a special assignment with the U.S. Secret Service on Sept. 8, according to investigative reports.

Gary was waiting for President Barack Obama’s ­motorcade to make its way down Interstate 4, and he was positioned to monitor the Carpenters Way overpass in North Lakeland. The motorcade was delayed for an hour, however, and Gary decided to drive around the area.

While driving around, he noticed a marked police car and a white sport-utility vehicle parked next to each other, but no drivers were in sight, reports said.

Gary drove around looking for the drivers but didn’t find anyone, reports said. He knew the area was patrolled by Officer Steve Sherman, who he knew was on duty that day. Gary looked up the registration information for the white SUV and found it belonged to Eberle.

Gary decided to monitor the vehicles from about 200 yards away. About 10 minutes later, he heard a call for Sherman and another officer to check on a reported residential burglary, reports said.

Gary heard Sherman respond he was on his way to the call, but Sherman’s radio transmission “sounded odd,” Gary told investigators. He said the sound was “very distinct” and that it had an “acoustical echo,” like a person who was inside a building.

Gary, who was still parked away from the vehicles, soon saw Sherman and Eberle coming out of one of the four buildings in the Carpenters complex, which is now owned by Without Walls International Church, reports said.

By the time Sherman got to his patrol car, he had been called off the burglary, Gary told investigators. Gary said he couldn’t determine which direction Sherman and Eberle had come from because of foliage that partially blocked his view.

The buildings on the church property had been ordered vacated by the Lakeland Fire Department in 2011, and numerous signs were posted on the buildings, according to reports and photographs in the investigation.

Sherman and Eberle told investigators there was nothing inappropriate with their relationship and that they were only friends, reports said.

Sherman’s account of what happened and how he responded to the call was different than Gary’s. Sherman said he responded appropriately until he was canceled from the call.

Investigators asked Eberle whether they could search her phone because she and Sherman had been text messaging each other, but she declined to cooperate. Eberle said she was text messaged by Sherman, who asked her if she wanted to tour the inside of the vacant buildings.

Investigators also noted in their report that there were many instances when Sherman’s and Eberle’s stories differed.

“There were several noted discrepancies between witness testimony obtained and statements made by both subject members involved in the investigation,” according to LPD’s internal investigators.

 


TOURS, FOOTBALLS AND GOLF CARTS

During the four-month investigation, investigators also learned Eberle wasn’t the only one who received a tour of the buildings, reports said.

Lakeland police Public Safety Aid Erica Link and her younger brother, Michael Link, who does not work for the department, were also given tours of the buildings by Sherman, according to reports. Both are the children of Assistant Chief Link.

During questioning, investigators learned from Erica Link that Sherman took several footballs and packages of light bulbs from inside one of the church buildings, but she hadn’t reported the incident because she didn’t know whether he had permission to do that, she told investigators.

Sherman said he just wanted to show them the inside of the buildings and that he didn’t know who the footballs belonged to, reports said.

During a separate incident, investigators also learned Sherman had accepted a golf cart as a gift from Without Walls Pastor Randy White, reports said.

Sherman had seen the broken-down golf cart on the church grounds and offered to make a donation to the church in return for it, but White gave it to him as a gift for his police service, investigators confirmed.

But once investigators talked to White, they also learned Sherman had never been given permission to enter any of the buildings or take any of the contents inside them.

FINDINGS

The investigators’ findings were that Sherman violated the department’s general orders for job knowledge, competency and performance; conduct unbecoming; neglect of duty; unlawful conduct; and gratuities, reports showed.

Because of inconsistent statements and a lack of other witnesses, investigators gave a finding of “not sustained” on whether he violated the general order dealing with untruthfulness.

After reviewing the report, Chief Womack recommended firing Sherman, but he resigned in January before that could happen.

The State Attorney’s Office reviewed the case because of alleged criminal conduct by Sherman, but White did not want the matter prosecuted, Assistant State Attorney Brian Haas said.

The issue is a separate matter from what FDLE is investigating.

Sherman was hired by the department in 1997 and was paid about $64,000 a year.

The investigators’ findings were that Eberle had violated numerous policies, including required conduct and participation in an investigation; untruthfulness; and conduct unbecoming.

A preliminary finding of “other” was noted in the report for possibly violating the general order for unlawful conduct by Eberle, who was hired by the department in 2000 and makes about $42,000 a year.

“Ms. Eberle’s conduct impaired the operation of the department and the efficiency of another department member (Officer Sherman),” investigators said.

“Additionally, Ms. Eberle’s conduct during this incident and subsequent administrative investigation brings the department into disrepute, damages Ms. Eberle’s credibility, and reflects unfavorably upon her as an employee with the Lakeland Police Department.”
Direct Link:  http://www.theledger.com/article/20130426/NEWS/130429456?p=1&tc=pg

Jan 012013
 

 

Charlotte County detectives arrest man for having sex with girl, age 11

Fox 4 News
December 19, 2012

detectives arrested Christopher Maurice Roberts of Fleming Island, Florida on two felony counts of capital sexual battery

detectives arrested Christopher Maurice Roberts of Fleming Island, Florida on two felony counts of capital sexual battery

 

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -

Charlotte County detectives arrested a 37-year-old man for having sex twice with an 11-year-old runaway girl.

The child had been staying in a Fort Myers youth shelter and was granted a weekend home visit in September.  She ran away but was found and returned to the shelter.  That’s when she told a counselor about a sexual battery that occurred with two men in Port Charlotte.

After a lengthy investigation detectives arrested Christopher Maurice Roberts of Fleming Island, Florida on two felony counts of capital sexual battery.

The girl gave law enforcement a description a car she rode in with Roberts and on September 24 North Port Police stopped a car matching the description finding Roberts and another man.  His name is not being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing. Knowing the two men’s names, their photos were obtained and put in a photo lineup; the girl positively identified both men.

Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. the detectives was traveling south on U.S. 41 approaching the Punta Gorda bridge and spotted the Robert’s car going northbound. The detective couldn’t turn around on the bridge so he contacted other units in the area to look for the purple car. Moments later a deputy stopped the purple car and made a traffic stop at 3013 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte; the driver was Roberts. The detective met with Roberts and informed him of the sexual battery case; he declined to comment and wanted to speak to his attorney. Roberts was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on no bond.

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