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Casey Anthony makes 1st visit to probation office

TALLAHASSEE — Casey Anthony met with a probation officer amid secrecy Wednesday as state authorities refused to divulge any details that could reveal her location.

Authorities said Anthony was polite and cooperative during a meeting with her probation officer and pledged to meet the conditions of her one-year probation for check fraud.

The 25-year-old Anthony, who has remained hidden since a jury acquitted her of killing her daughter, met with the officer for more than an hour Wednesday evening.

Anthony has been in hiding since being set free last month after a jury found her not guilty of murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. But a legal battle then commenced over whether she still needed to serve her probation for stealing checks from a friend.

Anthony's attorneys argued she had completed it while in jail awaiting her murder trial. The Fifth District Court of Appeals disagreed.

Anthony showed up at a state probation office at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Florida Corrections Department spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said the probation officer went over the list of conditions Anthony must follow.

She is required to report in person to her probation officer no later than the fifth day of each month and she cannot change her residence or job — if she finds one — without permission. She would also need permission if she wanted to relocate to another state in the next year.

She cannot carry or possess a gun without permission and she is supposed to "work diligently" at a lawful occupation.

But Plessinger noted that thousands of people on probation in Florida are without a job because it's difficult for them to find work with a criminal conviction on their record. The state has a 10.7 percent unemployment rate.

Anthony could choose to go to school, Plessinger said, including an online school, while serving her probation instead of seeking a job. Anthony has not yet made such a request.

Florida authorities have chosen to keep secret not only where she is living but the name of her probation officer and the location of her probation office.

Plessinger said that does not mean Florida is giving special treatment to Anthony. State officials, for example, will not escort her back and forth to the probation office.

Casey Anthony makes 1st visit to probation office 08/25/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:03pm]
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