Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Deputies: Seffner woman made false child abuse claims against ex-husband

SEFFNER — Victoria Jene Wilcox warned that her ex-husband was abusing their children. She called the abuse hotline five times, deputies say.

But her claims weren't true, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Child protection investigators determined that Wilcox's calls, made over seven months, were unfounded, said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon.

Neither Wilcox's ex-husband nor his new wife had abused the former couple's minor children, McKinnon said. The investigators told her to stop making false child-abuse allegations.

"There was no indication of abuse, no signs of abuse," McKinnon said.

Still, in February, Victoria Wilcox called the abuse hotline again and made more allegations. She coached her children to substantiate her claims, McKinnon said.

Wilcox of Seffner was arrested March 28 and charged with filing a false child abuse report, a third-degree felony.

She released later that day on $2,000 bail.

Information about her arrest was briefly withheld from public record because the Florida Department of Children and Families had to close the report, McKinnon said.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or [email protected]

Deputies: Seffner woman made false child abuse claims against ex-husband 04/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday


    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  2. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start


    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  3. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy


    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  5. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)


    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102