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Sex offender gets life for sexual battery on disabled girl

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man gets life for sex battery on disabled girl

A 57-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of capital sexual battery on a disabled girl. Milton Ray Goss Jr., 6413 Tennessee Ave., was arrested in 2006 after an 11-year-old with Down's syndrome told her mother that Goss, a family acquaintance, had touched her sexually. The girl, now 14, testified in the trial last week using a drawing of a body to identify the places he touched her. Goss also took the witness stand, denying the allegations. Goss was already a convicted sex offender, having served time in prison after a 1990 charge of lewd and lascivious behavior with a girl.

DADE CITY

10 years' probation for would-be thief

A 38-year-old man will serve 10 years of probation for an April incident in which he tried to steal copper wire from a power substation and ended up giving himself an electric shock and knocking out power to about 5,000 customers in the Hyde Park subdivision of Wesley Chapel. Thomas Steven Olenick of Land O'Lakes worked out a plea deal with prosecutors, and in addition to being on probation he must pay $7,000 in restitution to Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative. He was charged with grand theft, criminal mischief, trespassing and resisting arrest.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Church buildings vandalized

Someone broke into Trinity Baptist Church this week, escaping with little but leaving an almighty mess. The church pastor reported the burglary to the Sheriff's Office on Monday afternoon. Sometime during the previous night, according to a report, three of the church's buildings on Rowan Road were vandalized. Drawers and cabinets in the office and classrooms were ransacked. The burglars tore fire extinguishers off the wall and sprayed the floors and furniture, the report says. In the sanctuary, a box of Christmas donations was broken open and several Christmas cards were left on a pew. Pastor William Pritchard told a deputy he couldn't tell if any donations were taken. No suspects have been identified, the report says.

Pasco deaths

Blanquer, Eve S.

Brim, John W.

Covington, Catherine E.

Kyparissis, Tom

Spatafora, Rose

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Sex offender gets life for sexual battery on disabled girl 12/23/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 26, 2008 10:21am]
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