Ex-Con accused of forcing sex on teen girl
A 32-year-old felon accused of forcing himself on a 17-year-old girl in mid August was arrested Wednesday morning. Maurice Deionta Williams, of 207 Pennsylvania Ave., was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday evening after posting $20,000 bail. The teen, who said she is recovering from a serious addiction to narcotic painkillers, previously had a consensual sexual relationship with Williams, according to an arrest report. During the time they were involved, Williams would provide the teen with drugs in exchange for sexual favors for "him or his friends or both," the report said. On Aug, 15, the report said, Williams smoked marijuana with the girl, then demanded sexual intercourse. When the teen, who was recovering from a surgery, refused, Williams had sex with her against her wishes, the report states. Williams has served two stints in prison on convictions for selling and possessing cocaine, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Baby boy found dead in home
Police were investigating the death of a 4-month-old infant Thursday, but said the death does not appear to be suspicious. Emergency officials were called to a home in the 400 block of E Lime Street just before 10:30 a.m. about a male infant who was "facedown" on a bed and not breathing. Tarpon Springs police spokesman Sgt. Ed Miller said foul play is not suspected. Miller said he could not confirm Thursday whether the baby suffocated. He said the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Modeling course offered at library
Registration is under way for a free two-week modeling course at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. It's designed for teens 13 to 18. The instructor is model Ro Martinez, who will provide a workshop to prepare teens for the modeling industry at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sept. 17. On Sept. 17, the student models can invite their parents to a meet-and-greet where Martinez will talk about getting an agent, avoiding scams and 20 mistakes that prevent models from becoming successful. A fashion show will be at 11 a.m. Garments donated by a local charity will be available for purchase, with proceeds going back to charity. The public is welcome to attend. Participants must be available to attend both sessions. Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3006.