Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former church leader convicted of molesting boy arrested on probation violation

ST. PETERSBURG — A former church leader who was convicted in 2010 of molesting a young boy was arrested Wednesday on a probation violation after his probation officer found pornography in his home, authorities said.

Richard O'Toole, 73, was sentenced in November 2010 to 21 months in jail, followed by 10 years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious battery, unlawful sex with a minor and practicing medicine without a license. He was released from prison in October, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

During a routine search Wednesday morning at O'Toole's home at 2819 35th Ave. N, a probation officer found a pornographic video, a pornographic image on a computer jump drive and a pornographic sculpture, according to an arrest report. Possession of the items constituted a violation of O'Toole's sex offender probation.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and held without bail.

O'Toole's convictions stemmed from accusations that he had molested a boy whom he met when the boy was 12 and offered to perform yard work. The boy came forward after rumors spread among members of First Unity Church in St. Petersburg that O'Toole had made sexual advances toward several young boys.

At First Unity, O'Toole had convinced some members that he was a doctor specializing in adolescent psychology. He counseled several church members, including children.

But during the "counseling" with youths, the subject of masturbation and sex often came up.

Former church leader convicted of molesting boy arrested on probation violation 05/25/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 25, 2012 11:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Rangers, with Erasmo on the mound again

    Blogs

    Coming off Sunday's 6 1/2-hour, 15-inning marathon win over the Twins, the Rays will have the pitcher who finished that game, Erasmo Ramirez, start tonight's game in Texas, first pitch 8:05 Tampa Bay time.

    Ramirez threw only 12 pitches on Sunday so the Rays decided to let him make his planned start tonight, …

  2. Curlew Hills Memory Gardens honors Memorial Day (w/video)

    Blogs

       Curlew Hills Memory Gardens honored those that served during their 31st annual Memorial Day Service on Monday (5/23/17) in Palm Harbor. The event featured guest speakers, live choral performances by the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church choir and live music by Bones South, an area trombone ensemble with …

    Eight-year-old Piper St. Jean, of Tampa, uses a brush to clean the grave of her grandfather, Henry St. Jean, who served with the United States Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars. at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens on Monday moments after the conclusion of their 31st annual Memorial Day Service on Monday (5/23/17) in Palm Harbor.
  3. Authorities release name of Tampa woman killed in Temple Terrace apartment fire

    Fire

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Authorities have released the name of a woman who died in a fire that destroyed a dozen units in an apartment complex here Sunday.

    Firefighters battle an early-morning fire Sunday that claimed the life of 28-year-old Tenecia Renee Brannon and left about 30 others homeless. [Temple Terrace Fire Department]
  4. New Port Richey restaurant worker shoots attacker

    Crime

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A restaurant kitchen worker shot and injured a man who entered the business and began beating him Saturday, according to New Port Richey Police.

    Vince Angelety, 29, of New Port Richey faces a charge of burglary with simple battery. He remained in the Land O'Lakes Detention Center on Monday, held without bail. [Photo courtesy of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Romano: Florida loves its troopers, right up until payday

    Politics

    Holy smoke, did you see the starting salary figures for Florida Highway Patrol officers outlined in a recent Tampa Bay Times story?

    Florida Highway Patrol troopers secure the scene after a fatal accident in Orange County earlier this year. [Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel via AP]