Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando school crossing guard fired after sexual battery allegations surface

BROOKSVILLE — A 69-year-old Hernando County school crossing guard was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual battery on a woman while she was sleeping in a bed at his Brooksville residence.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, James Thomas Woods is alleged to have fondled the adult woman, whose age was not released, while she was under the effects of the muscle relaxation medication Soma. According to the report, the woman told investigators that she was staying at Woods' home on Oct. 12 when she woke up about 4 a.m. and found him trying to remove an item of her clothing and fondle her. She said that the suspect was aware she had taken the medication.

The woman said she tried to resist the attack, but was too physically incapacitated by the medication to do so. She advised deputies that the suspect's wife, Pamela Woods, also a school crossing guard, was aware that the incident had occurred and asked her not to call the Sheriff's Office.

According to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Denise Moloney, Woods worked as a part-time school crossing guard for three years and, in accordance with department policy, has been terminated from his position.

Moloney said an investigation into Pamela Woods' involvement in the incident, and possible charges and disciplinary action against her, is ongoing.

Hernando school crossing guard fired after sexual battery allegations surface 10/28/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 28, 2013 9:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Buckhorn's joke about pointing machine guns at media draws fire

    Military

    TAMPA — At a time when journalists are under fire both literally and figuratively, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's "joke" last week at a military conference about pointing twin 50-caliber machine guns at journalists and watching them "cry like little girls" rankled several war correspondents in the room.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fires a .50 caliber machine gun from a rigid hull inflatable boat during a  Special Operations Capabilities Demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center last year.JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
  2. For starters: Rays vs. Angels and Trout, with Odorizzi on mound

    Blogs

    After losing Sunday's game but winning a third straight series, the Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Angels and Mike Trout.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, RHP J.C. Ramirez for the Angels.

    Evan Longoria is getting a DH day, so the Rays have rookie Daniel …

    Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.
  3. Lightning's Swedes live their dream in Worlds

    Blogs

    You could see it in his face.

    Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman screamed as he hoisted the World Championship trophy Sunday afternoon in Cologne, Germany, and it looked like an exhale that was years in the making. Stralman kissed the forehead of Swedish teammate Joel Lundqvist, the joy unmistakable.

    Victor Hedman of Sweden celebrate with his teammates after scoring the opening goal in the gold-medal game against Canada.
  4. Citigroup agrees to pay nearly $100 million fine for Mexican subsidiary

    Banking

    NEW YORK — Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering.

    Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $100 million to federal authorities to settle claims that a lack of internal controls and negligence in the bank's Mexican subsidiary may have allowed customers to commit money laundering. 
[Associated Press file photo]

  5. Bob Buckhorn apologizes amid online uproar over his joke about pointing machine gun at journalists

    Blogs

    The office of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a statement Monday afternoon saying Buckhorn is apologizing to combat journalists for a joke he made last week about pointing …

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fires a .50 caliber machine gun from a rigid hull inflatable boat during a Special Operations Capabilities Demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center last year.