William McGee, 39, of Lakeland.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Lake Hollingsworth attacker sentenced to 30 years

William McGee, who was found guilty of kidnapping and attempted sexual battery March 3, was sentenced to 30 years in Florida State Prison on March 24.

In the trial at the beginning of March, evidence showed that the 39-year-old McGee attacked a runner near Lake Hollingsworth on May 18, 2015, pulling her off the path and to the ground. He confined the 22-year-old for nearly an hour, attempting to pull her shorts off.

The victim fought him and then reasoned with him to convince him not to hurt her. McGee admitted he could have raped her but changed his mind because she talked him out of it.

Chaldon Sanon, 20, of Haines City.

JURY VERDICT: Haines City man convicted for sexually battering 9-year-old girl

Chaldson Sanon told law enforcement he had sex with a little girl, admitting he knew it was wrong.

Chaldon Sanon, 20, of Haines City.

At the end of a two-day trial, a jury found 20-year-old Sanon guilty of sexual battery Thursday. Sanon faces a mandatory life sentence that will be imposed May 18.

Assistant State Attorney Mikaela Perry called the victim to the stand to testify about the October 2015 incident.

The little girl, who is now 10, took the stand Wednesday to tell the jury how Sanon lured her upstairs to his bedroom and away from other children she was playing with. He threatened her, demanding she take her clothes off, and forced himself on her.

The girl said she finally convinced him to stop after lying about how she needed to use the restroom. She immediately left his bedroom and went downstairs to where the other children were.

Later that evening, the girl’s mother noticed a mark on the victim’s neck, prompting her to ask where she’d gotten it. The victim told her mother what happened and how Sanon said she had to keep it a secret.

During interviews with law enforcement, Sanon said he wrongfully engaged in sexual activity with the girl.

Assistant State Attorney Mikaela Perry addresses jurors during closing statements Thursday. Sanon was found guilty of sexual battery and faces a mandatory life sentence.

The defense argued that because there was no DNA, there was no proof to prove Sanon had actually committed the crime. But Perry reminded jurors in closing statements that Sanon admitted to battering the victim, and that was proof enough.

“You know because she (the victim) told you here,” Perry said, pointing to the witness stand. “And you know because he (Sanon) told you himself.

Lake Wales man guilty of lewd molestation

JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales man guilty of lewd molestation

Charles Bailey

When Charles Bailey found out he was going to be arrested for molestation in 2013, he fled from his Lake Wales home and left the state of Florida.

Bailey, 73, evaded law enforcement for more than a year before he was apprehended by US Marshalls in Virginia. On March 15, a jury convicted him of lewd molestation.

Assistant State Attorney Ashley McCarthy told jurors law enforcement began investigating Bailey in 2013 when a victim came forward to say she’d been molested by him. When the girl was between the ages of 9 and 11, Bailey would touch her inappropriately and perform sexual acts on her.

The defense claimed the victim lied about the allegations so she’d get attention, but McCarthy brought in a witness who had also been molested by Bailey.

The woman, who is now in her 30s, testified in court that she was living at the same address as the current victim and was also between the ages of 9 and 12 when Bailey performed sexual acts on her.

Bailey took the stand March 16 and denied ever touching them inappropriately, saying both victims were lying. But McCarthy reminded jurors that when they looked at the evidence, testimony from the witness and the fact that Bailey fled the state, it was clear to see the victims’ assertions weren’t made up.

“The victims were done covering up for him for so many years, and he knew it,” McCarthy said in her closing statement. “That’s why he ran.”

David Broxterman, 57, speaks in court just before his sentence was imposed on March 16. He told the judge he was sorry about the entire incident but never admitted that he'd done anything wrong.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Broxterman sentenced to five years for faking PhD

David Broxterman grabbed the side of the jury box for support as Judge Yancey sentenced him for lying about his doctoral degree in order to teach at Polk State College.

He was sentenced March 16 to five years in prison, followed by 20 years of probation.

David Broxterman, right, is fingerprinted following his sentencing on March 16. Judge Yancey sentenced him to five years in prison, which is nearly three times the minimum sentencing guideline.

Broxterman, 57, of Lakeland, faked a PhD in organizational management from the University of South Florida when he applied for a job as a professor at Polk State in 2008. He was selected for the position and was paid $258,760 for classes he taught from 2009 to 2014.

Assistant State Attorney Michael Hrdlicka asked Yancey not to depart from the sentencing guidelines, which were a minimum of 21 months.

“He needs to go to prison with a long period of probation following so he can begin to make amends for the lie he told to Polk State College,” Hrdlicka said.

Yancey granted that request by nearly tripling the guideline.

While witnesses testified to Broxterman’s credibility, praising his compassion and dedication to his students, Yancey said that over the course of the trial, he’d seen an alternate side of Broxterman.

“A lot of very fine people spoke on your behalf, but none of them sat through the trial and heard what I heard,” Yancey said. “While they have one perspective of things, I – perhaps – have another … It’s almost like we’re dealing with, in some ways, two different people.”

When Hrdlicka questioned Broxterman, he maintained that he did nothing wrong.

Before the sentence was imposed, Broxterman was asked by his attorney if there were any final words he’d like to say to the judge: “I’m just so sorry that it happened,” Broxterman said from the witness stand. “I wish I could take it back.”

David Broxterman, 57, speaks in court just before his sentence was imposed on March 16. He told the judge he was sorry about the entire incident but never admitted that he’d done anything wrong.