Former Pinellas deputy sent back to prison after appeal on molestation conviction fails

ST. PETERSBURG – A former school resource officer, released from state prison in September 2009 as he awaited an appeal on his convictions of lewd acts against a 15-year-old girl, is headed back to prison.

Court records show the Second District Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed Todd Pierce's convictions without issuing an opinion.

Pierce was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years probation in April 2009 after he was convicted of lewd and lascivious battery and lewd and lascivious molestation against a minor. He served about five months before a judge ordered his release on bond.

The victim in the case was a former Osceola High School student who testified Pierce fondled her at the school and had sex with her at her house in 2001.

Pierce, 44, is a former Pinellas sheriff's deputy who was a popular figure as a resource officer at Osceola and Dixie Hollins high schools.

After he was released from prison, Pierce was living in St. Petersburg not far from his victim. But jail records list his current address in Palm Harbor.

On Tuesday, Pierce was being held in the Pinellas County Jail as he awaited transfer to a state prison to serve out the rest of his prison sentence.

Former Pinellas deputy sent back to prison after appeal on molestation conviction fails 06/08/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 4:05pm]

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