NEW PORT RICHEY
Man who taped kids in shower gets three years
A man who was caught videotaping naked children at a public shower at the beach pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to three years in prison. Robert Howard Fuller Jr., 6142 Main St., was spotted in September secretly recording children in the bathroom at Green Key Park. A witness reported him to the Sheriff's Office, which found images of naked children on Fuller's videocamera. Fuller acknowledged in an interview with investigators that he gets sexual gratification from looking at images of children, according to reports. He pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. After his prison stint, he will serve two years of probation, undergo sex offender treatment, wear an electronic monitor and be designated a sex offender. He cannot live near schools or day care centers or have any contact with children.
Man found guilty of sexual battery
A jury on Thursday convicted a man accused of sexually violating a woman while she was passed out. Douglas Barry Arthur, 47, of Hudson will face up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced next month on the charge of sexual battery against a physically helpless victim. Authorities said that in a recorded phone call, Arthur admitted to the 50-year-old woman that he touched her inappropriately while she was passed out April 26, 2007.
Ex-employee gets prison for thefts
A man who stole $70,000 worth of jewelry from a store where he had worked pleaded guilty in court Thursday. Demetre Sakelson, 47, of Palm Harbor worked at Custom Jewelry Creations in front of Gulf View Square mall for several years until he was let go last fall, Pasco County Sheriff Office's reports said. Then on Nov. 2, someone broke in, burglarized the shop and was caught on videotape. The store's owner recognized Sakelson, the reports said. Sakelson pleaded guilty to burglary and grand theft charges and was sentenced to a year in prison, followed by 2 1/2 years of probation and drug treatment. The store owner, who has known Sakelson since he was 19, didn't want him to face any prison time, but prosecutors and Circuit Judge Michael Andrews thought it was necessary. Much of the jewelry was returned, prosecutors said, but Sakelson still must repay about $20,000 in restitution.