Convicted sex offender back in jail over probation violation

CLEARWATER — A man convicted of molesting a child in 2002 was arrested Wednesday on his second probation violation over the last six months, according to records from the Florida Department of Corrections.

Haywood E. Wilson Jr., 51, of 12500 U.S. 19 N, No. 114, was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail Thursday afternoon.

According to DOC spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger, both violations occurred when officials determined that Wilson was away from his tracking device.

"When you have GPS monitoring, you have an ankle monitor you have to wear, but you also have a tracking device you have to carry and if you don't carry it, we don't know where you are," Plessinger said.

In the most recent violation, which resulted in Wednesday's arrest on a warrant, Wilson was away from the device for about 10 minutes on the afternoon of April 6 and for an hour in the early morning hours of April 18, Plessinger said.

In July 2002, Wilson was a 42-year-old transient sleeping on a couple's couch at a mobile home park in Largo when he was accused of sexually molesting one of two preteen girls that were sleeping in the same room, authorities said. The other girl awoke and screamed for help. When the couple emerged from a bedroom, Wilson fled, but was found a few hours later in Clearwater.

He was convicted of lewd or lascivious molestation, sentenced to more than 9 years in prison and was designated a sexual predator. After his release in July, he was arrested for the first violation and ordered back to prison, where he spent about six weeks before being released on February 4.

Convicted sex offender back in jail over probation violation 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 5:29pm]

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