LAND O'LAKES — Three days after the most recent restraining order against him, Nick Ceccarini made a grand gesture to his former girlfriend. He wrote apologies and marriage proposals on signs, deputies say, and posted 10 of them outside Connerton Elementary School, where she works.
He went to the school's front office Monday morning disguised in sunglasses and a ball cap, said district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe, and left a green vase full of a dozen roses for the woman.
But it had been outlined in the words of the injunction that Ceccarini, 39, was not to be within 500 feet of the woman's workplace, so he was arrested.
No students were at the school at the time, Cobbe said. They were still on winter break, but the staff was there. Cobbe did not know whether the former girlfriend was at the school when Ceccarini allegedly left the bouquet.
Ceccarini's Facebook page displays photos of the former girlfriend and reveals his interests in breasts and guns and his pickup truck. A look at court records shows that this wasn't the first domestic violence injunction filed against him. The woman working at Connerton Elementary wasn't the first to seek protection from him. And this wasn't his first arrest.
Ceccarini was arrested the first time in Pasco County in 2009. He had been dating a different woman for a year and a half earlier, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. In February of that year, the report says, the woman went with family members to the home she shared with him to move out.
She and Ceccarini got into an argument, the report says, and he shoved her against a door frame. The woman tried to file four restraining orders against Ceccarini, and he tried to file two against her. All were denied except one from the woman.
He started dating the woman at Connerton on-and-off in 2011, the injunction says. They broke up in November of 2012 after, the woman alleged, he pointed a handgun at her and — when she asked him to stop — told her to "act like a grown woman." That restraining order was denied.
They moved in together in February 2013 after, she said, Ceccarini convinced her that the breakup was her fault. Eleven months later, she was trying to escape again. In a petition filed Friday, she said he hit and kicked her in front of her daughters and that she was afraid for their safety. The injunction was served Saturday.
Then came Monday's apology.
Ceccarini of 5153 Drift Tide Drive in New Port Richey was arrested on a charge of violating a domestic violence injunction. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday night without bail.
Contact Alex Orlando at email@example.com or (727) 869-6247.