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Jose Baez-Ortiz,

JURY VERDICT: School janitor guilty of lewd conduct on 6-year-old student

Jose Baez-Ortiz admitted he had an urge to touch a 6-year-old girl like a woman. After about an hour of deliberation, jurors convicted Baez-Ortiz Nov. 15 of lewd conduct. He is facing 15 years in prison and will be sentenced Jan. 11. Assistant State Attorney Lauren Randall told jurors that the principal of the school […]

Robert Van Den Bosch, 65, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of attempted second-degree murder, faces life

Robert Van Den Bosch had been making threats to shoot someone because residents in his neighborhood were being loud. Van Den Bosch testified that he’d reached a boiling point on the evening of Sept. 1, 2017. So when Morris Parker drug his trash can to the dumpster, Van Den Bosch followed and shot him in […]

Rivera-Torres

JURY VERDICT: Haines City man guilty of trafficking heroin

Steven Rivera-Torres was found guilty Nov. 8 of trafficking in heroin, four grams or more, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is facing up to 30 years in prison and will be sentenced Jan. 4. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of Assistant State Attorney Eric Ebbole in securing this conviction.

Johnny Simon

JURY VERDICT: Frostproof man arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, faces 10 years

In an attempt to avoid being arrested, Johnny Simon wriggled his arms free of a deputy’s grasp and punched him in the face twice. Simon was found guilty on Nov. 7 of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting an Officer with Violence. Simon is a prison release reoffender and is facing 10 years in […]

Assistant State Attorney Ralph Guerra holds up a photo of the child detectives used on the online dating site. Hawkins was found guilty as charged.

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man guilty of attempted lewd battery on a child

When Bentley Hawkins found out that the person he planned to have sex with was only 14, it didn’t deter him from attempting to meet with the child. But upon arriving at the child’s address, Hawkins was arrested by law enforcement in an undercover sting to identify those who wish to exploit children. A jury […]

Shawn Tucci

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man convicted of aggravated child abuse for beating 11-month-old

Shawn Tucci testified that he didn’t think it was important to call his girlfriend and tell her that her child was bleeding from his head. He claimed he fell with the baby, whose significant injuries included a bite mark, while Tucci walked away with no injuries. After about four hours of deliberation, a jury found […]

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JURY VERDICT: Poinciana man convicted of sexual battery, possession of child porn

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her.

After 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury convicted Bracero-Reyes June 20 of two counts of sexual battery with ... See more

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced August 3.

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