Saturday, June 16, 2018
News Roundup

Pilot worried about his job amid St. Petersburg child porn arrest

TAMPA — The day authorities confronted then-American Airlines pilot Donald E. Gallagher Jr. with evidence that he was amassing child pornography in his St. Petersburg home, he expressed worry his career could be over.

"I support three young children and hope you will consider this," he wrote in a July 24 statement for Largo police Detective Nathan Dix. "Any charges would be career ending for me and my family."

He has been grounded and in jail ever since, denied bail as a flight risk.

The statement was entered into evidence Wednesday in the second day of testimony in Gallagher's federal child porn trial.

"In response to the investigation, I want to say that I had not intended to distribute or sell any downloaded material on my computer," he wrote. "Nor did I want to share any files on my computer. However that seems to be the case.

"Any searches or downloads were of a curiosity basis only, and some unknowingly. I have extreme remorse for any negative or mal affect of my actions and did not intend to violate any laws."

He is charged with not only viewing and sharing other people's images and videos, but also producing his own while inappropriately touching two sleeping girls. They are referred to in court proceedings only by initials.

Dix, assigned to an FBI task force that investigates such activity, described how he turned a child porn lead from St. Petersburg police Detective Chris McClure into a case that revealed molestation.

Jurors saw several images and one video alleged to have been made by Gallagher in the summer of 2011, part of a larger collection. The images, including close-ups, were projected on a screen at least 10 feet wide directly opposite the jury box.

Dix said that Gallagher denied any interest or history of inappropriate sexual contact with children but the detective recognized the now-former pilot's home as the backdrop for images of the two girls.

The detective obtained a search warrant in January to photograph Gallagher's hands.

An FBI photo analyst, the government's final witness, testified that the fingers in the images appear to be Gallagher's.

Comments
For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

UPDATE, 11:49: Cash said he played Cron at 1B in an effort to get him more involved in the game, indicated he may do so again Sunday (with Bauers off vs. LH Sabathia) and should have done so more as Cron struggled. … Cash reiterated that CF Kev...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

ST. PETERSBURG — Mazzaro’s Italian Market will be closed throughout the weekend after a warehouse fire broke out Friday.A St. Petersburg Police officer noticed smoke coming from the market, at 22nd Ave. N, around midnight Friday, said St. Petersburg...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Your barista is a robot. Should it be friendly?

Your barista is a robot. Should it be friendly?

SAN FRANCISCO - The cold, steely arm of Fernando the Barista swirled the foam of my matcha latte, set it down gently, and waved goodbye from inside a glass case. San Francisco, 2018. Where you can get robot pizza and robot salad, and now, a robot mat...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

TAMPA — Loueita Hargens had known for years how her son Bradley Dykes would die. She had seen him cycle through drugs of choice, had lost track of the number of times he’d wound up in the hospital or prison.A recovering alcoholic herself, she cut him...
Published: 06/16/18
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Published: 06/15/18
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

NEW YORK — So what does the boss — lowercase, of course, around here — think of this up-and-down, hot-and-cold Rays season so far? Appropriately, a variety of things.In a 30-minute chat with the Tampa Bay Times before Friday's 5-0 l...
Published: 06/15/18
Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

NEW YORK — RHP Nathan Eovaldi made an impressive return to Yankee Stadium on Friday to face his high-powered former teammates.It's too bad he didn't get any help from his current mates, in what ended up a 5-0 Rays loss.Eovaldi was in command an...
Published: 06/15/18
St. Petersburg police make arrest 31 years after sexual assault

St. Petersburg police make arrest 31 years after sexual assault

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man Friday in connection with a 31-year-old sexual assault case and believe he’s connected to other unsolved cases from decades ago.Anthony Stokes, 56, faces a charge of armed sexual battery, according to St. Peters...
Published: 06/15/18
Interviews detail the downward spiral of the Seminole Heights killing suspect

Interviews detail the downward spiral of the Seminole Heights killing suspect

TAMPA — One day last September, Howell Emanuel Donaldson III sat in his red Ford Mustang outside a Clearwater coffee shop."I’m just not in a good spot," he told a friend who sat beside him. "I’m going through a rough time."Matt Threadgill, his old hi...
Published: 06/15/18