Police say man sexually assaulted boy
A 69-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy at the man's Largo home, police said. Brian C. Beesley, a resident of 4 West Palm Forrest Drive, faces charges of lewd and lascivious battery, lewd and lascivious molestation and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. According to Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux, Beesley had befriended the boy over the past year. On numerous occasions, Beesley invited the boy to his house, where he had the boy watch pornography and had sexual contact with him, the arrest report said. Beesley was not a member of the boy's family, Loux said. Police are not releasing information about how the crime was reported to protect the privacy of the victim, he said. After his arrest, Beesley told police that he was "trying to be a friend" to the boy, according to the arrest report. Beesley was being held Thursday afternoon at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.
Volunteers help teach English
The Palm Harbor Literacy Council is seeking volunteers who wish to become one-on-one tutors to teach reading, writing and spoken English. Tutoring sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the tutor and student. All materials are provided free of charge by the council. A new tutor orientation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by two teaching sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 17 and August 14 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. For more information or to register, call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3010.
Class of 2000: 10 years already?
Clearwater High School Class of 2000 is having its 10-year reunion at 6 p.m. Aug. 7. It will be at Carlouel Yacht Club, 1091 Eldorado Ave., Clearwater Beach. Appetizers, dinner and a DJ will be included. To kick off the festivities, there will be a meet and greet Aug. 6 at Capogna's Dugout, 1653 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. For more information or to register, visit www.chs00reunion.com.
Learn how to start your own business
Registration has started for "Ten Steps to Starting a Small Business,'' which will be held at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. The workshop, presented by the Pinellas County Chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, is free. Call Salvatore Mirando or Erika Thomas, (727) 943-4922