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Sex offender accused of assaulting teen


Sex offender accused of assaulting teen

A sex offender was arrested Monday on a charge that he forced himself on a teenage girl sleeping over at the home where he was staying, police said. Freddie Lee Harvey, 40, was charged with sexual battery and failure to register as a sex offender. Harvey, a transient, was staying temporarily at a home in Clearwater on July 12 when the victim visited the home for a sleepover with her friend. During the sleepover, Harvey sexually battered the girl, police said. The teen reported the incident to her friend's mother, who called the victim's mother. Both mothers then called police. Harvey was arrested at the Pinellas County criminal courts complex on 49th Street where he had gone to attend an unrelated hearing on driving with a suspended or revoked license. Harvey was convicted of lewd and lascivious activity with a girl under 16 in 2001, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is listed as a sex offender with FDLE.

Man is charged in 2 kittens' deaths

A Clearwater man was arrested Sunday on charges that he killed two kittens by smashing them on the ground. James Patrick Gilley, 48, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on two counts of animal cruelty. Sheriff's deputies were first called to his Pine Street home Saturday, when he was arrested on a count of misdemeanor domestic battery after deputies said he hit his adult stepson in the head. During that first visit, deputies heard that Gilley had picked up a kitten and thrown it on the ground or against a car several times, but they couldn't find it. On Sunday, deputies returned to his house after two dead kittens were found near a storage shed. Gilley, who was released from jail Sunday after posting $20,000 bail, could not be reached for comment Monday.


Register to vote by Monday's deadline

Reminder: Monday is the deadline to register to vote or to make changes to your party registration for the Aug. 26 primary. Registration is available during regular business hours at any supervisor of elections office, public library, driver license office or any government office handling social services or disabilities. Elections offices also will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26. For an application, visit and click on "Register to Vote." For a list of registration locations, click on "Voter Education/Voter Registration Events."


Mark Woodard is an assistant county administrator for Pinellas County. A story Sunday omitted his first name and title.

Pinellas deaths

Berger, Ann L.

Blakeley, Wesley Eugene

Corrales, Luis E.

Dorn, Tina (Maurer)

Hardy, Helen

Matson, Josh

Prado, John F.

Schwartz, James H. "Jim"

Starline, Roy G.

Waugh-Cless, Virginia

Wilson, Sarah Jade

This list is from detailed obituaries published in section B.

Sex offender accused of assaulting teen 07/21/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:37pm]
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