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Bail set for Lowry Park Zoo volunteer accused of molesting boy

TAMPA — A judge set bail at $107,500 Wednesday for a volunteer accused of fondling a 9-year-old boy at Lowry Park Zoo.

Cameron James Spurback, 21, made his first court appearance before a Hillsborough County circuit judge who ordered him not to have contact with minors or go where minors are if released on bail, according to Bay News 9. Jail records show he was still being held in a Hillsborough jail Wednesday afternoon.

Spurback, who has a disfiguring condition, was arrested Tuesday on charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition and lewd and lascivious molestation. The zoo dismissed him as a volunteer.

At his home in Carrollwood, a woman who answered the door declined to comment.

Police said Spurback approached the boy in a zoo restroom, pulled down the boy's pants and fondled him. The boy told police Spurback then pulled down his own pants and fondled himself. The child ran out and told his parents what happened.

Security guards held Spurback until police arrived. Police said he admitted the allegations.

Spurback had no criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The zoo conducted a criminal background check before he was allowed to prepare food for animals as a volunteer.

Spurback had volunteered at the zoo since the fall of 2009. He did not work in public areas, and his shift had ended before Tuesday's incident, said Rachel Nelson, a zoo spokeswoman.

"There was no indication of previous behavior which would preclude him from volunteering," Nelson wrote in an e-mail.

The zoo's personnel and volunteer records are private, and no other details were immediately available.

Bail set for Lowry Park Zoo volunteer accused of molesting boy 03/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:02am]
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