Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Valrico man accused of sexually battering two girls, detectives say

BRANDON — A Valrico man faces charges he sexually battered two girls when they were 14 and 15 and he was 25, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Some encounters took place in a family restroom area at the Brandon shopping mall, deputies said.

Timothy Tuttle, now 27, was arrested Friday in connection with 38 crimes involving the two girls that took place in 2016, the Sheriff’s Office said. The incidents came to light in January during an unrelated investigation.

In both instances, the juveniles initiated contact with Tuttle through social media, the Sheriff’s Office said. He requested, received and transmitted inappropriate photographs of them via the Facebook Messenger service, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives also found photos of other females transmitted to Tuttle but said they have not identified who they are or their ages.

From Aug. 1 to Nov. 30, 2016, deputies said Tuttle sexually battered one girl in the family restroom area of the mall, now called Westfield Brandon, using a privacy room that had a curtain for a door. While investigating the first victim, detectives said they learned of the second one.

Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, Tuttle used Facebook Messenger to coordinate encounters with the girl at his home and hers, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Tuttle, whose occupation was listed as a stocker at Walmart, faces 30 counts of lewd or lascivious battery, five counts of use computer services or devices to solicit and three counts of transmission of harmful material to a minor. He was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $257,500 bail.

Anyone with information about the crimes may call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200 and via smart phone using the HCSOSheriff application.

To be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay toll-free 1-800-873-8477 or send an anonymous tip to crimestopperstb.com or through the P3 Tips Mobile application.

Comments
Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

BROOKSVILLE — A 17-year-old Hernando High School student was arrested Wednesday for threatening to shoot people at the school, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.The student was serving a suspension at the time of the incident, deputie...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

TAMPA — A customer visited Wingstop on Sunday night to pick-up his order. What happened next was off-menu:Robert Williams said he suffered second-degree burns on his back and legs after a Wingstop employee threw hot oil on him during a scuffle.Willia...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Orlando man sought in Interstate 4 carjackings captured in Tampa

Orlando man sought in Interstate 4 carjackings captured in Tampa

TAMPA — A 43-year-old Orlando man who was being sought in a string of carjackings along Interstate 4 was captured on Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Majar L. Jones, 43, was considered armed and dangerous and the subjec...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida has one of the highest rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes, study finds

Florida has one of the highest rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes, study finds

Florida is among the top three states with the highest per capita rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes, a new study published on Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found.From 2006 to 2016, the organization examined hit-and-run crashes in...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida man pours gasoline and sets girlfriend on fire, police say

Florida man pours gasoline and sets girlfriend on fire, police say

GAINESVILLE — A 55-year-old Florida man is accused of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire.Gainesville police arrest report says Roosevelt Kitchen was charged with attempted murder. He was being held Thursday on a $1 million bon...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Arrest made in stolen St. Petersburg car with baby inside

Arrest made in stolen St. Petersburg car with baby inside

ST PETERSBURG — A man accused of stealing a car with a baby inside earlier this week was arrested early Thursday morning when police spotted him in another stolen car. Rashad Webb, 19, no known address, was arrested around 2 a.m. after officers spott...
Updated: 8 hours ago
FHP identifies driver in crash that killed

FHP identifies driver in crash that killed "smiling" teen

TRINITY — Friends said what they’ll remember the most about Lillia Morris is that she was always smiling.The 17-year-old Mitchell High School junior was killed Tuesday when a sport-utility vehicle ran a red light on State Road 54 and slammed into the...
Published: 04/26/18
Pasco deputies a hit on ‘LivePD’ television show

Pasco deputies a hit on ‘LivePD’ television show

TRINITY — On any given night, the A&E television show Live PD showcases law enforcement officers from a handful of cities across the country. It gives viewers an unfiltered police ride-along from the safety of their own couches and a peek into how of...
Published: 04/26/18
For some Pasco residents, recent Sheriff’s Office changes aren’t enough

For some Pasco residents, recent Sheriff’s Office changes aren’t enough

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco recently appointed a constitutional law advisor, saying he wanted to ensure good officer conduct and provide a new channel for citizen complaints.Two local human rights organizations, however, say th...
Published: 04/26/18
For senior week, Lakewood High School must mourn a senior

For senior week, Lakewood High School must mourn a senior

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood High School principal Erin Savage has never planned a candlelight vigil. But this week, Savage must learn how to do so as her school mourns the tragic death of one of its graduating seniors.Bryson Welton-Williams, 18, died T...
Published: 04/25/18
Updated: 04/26/18