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Tarpon Springs man accused of soliciting girl, 13, for sex

TARPON SPRINGS

Man accused of soliciting girl, 13, for sex

A local man is accused of traveling to Texas to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. Scott Andrew Spoonster, of 934 Seminole Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, was arrested Friday on charges of using a computer to solicit a minor for an unlawful sexual act. He is also being held on a warrant out of Texas on a charge of child sexual assault. On Friday afternoon, Spoonster was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail. Tarpon Springs police said they received a call from the girl's mother in March. The woman and her daughter, who live in Washington state, were not identified because of the nature of the crime. The woman told detectives that Spoonster had been communicating with her daughter online through sites including Facebook and World of Warcraft, which is an online multi-player game. The woman said Spoonster had also sent her daughter gifts. When interviewed by detectives, Spoonster denied any wrongdoing, but agreed to cease contact with the girl and was not charged, police said. In October, the girl's mother called detectives again to report that Spoonster had gone to meet her daughter when she was visiting relatives in Frisco, Texas. The girl told authorities in Texas that Spoonster picked her up and took her to a hotel, where he sexually battered her, police said. Spoonster does not have a prior criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Motorcycle toy run sets off Sunday

The fourth annual Tarpon Springs police Cops 'N Kids Motorcycle Toy Run and Fall Festival will be held Sunday. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday in the Tarpon Towers parking lot at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Huey Avenue. Admission is $5 and one unwrapped toy per person. At noon, riders will set off on a 10-mile ride through the city that will be led by police escorts. The ride ends at Craig Park, where the festival will be held. The park opens for non-riders at 10 a.m. The festival will feature music by the Greg Billings Band, barbecue and other refreshments. Proceeds from the toy ride will pay for Christmas presents for underprivileged local children. For information, call (727) 944-5729.

DUNEDIN

Highlander Park plan approved

The Dunedin City Commission okayed the city's Highlander Park master plan in a 5-0 vote Thursday. The plan, which incorporated feedback from residents, will guide the relocation and replacement of park facilities as funds become available over the next 20 or so years. The plan is being updated because the city needs to replace the park's 20-year-old rusted playground equipment, 40-year-old fire station, obsolete Little League clubhouse and leaky pool. Commissioners in September approved using $1.5 million of this year's budget to relocate Fire Station 61 and $370,000 to replace the clubhouse. Future phases will include the addition of a new aquatic center, tennis courts and baseball fields. Commissioners said they can tackle Thursday's concerns about parking and added greenspace whenever they are eventually funded.

Tarpon Springs man accused of soliciting girl, 13, for sex 11/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2011 7:11pm]
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