Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Largo child molester extradited from Barbados

A former Largo man wanted in Pinellas County after he was convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child has been found in Barbados and extradited back to Florida, authorities said Friday.

Mark Decosta Walcott, 43, was recently arrested in Bridgetown, Barbados, by local law enforcement.

Walcott pleaded no contest and was convicted of molesting a 13‑year‑old girl in May 2003, but he was allowed to remain out of jail on bail until his sentencing hearing, which was scheduled for the following month, according to court records.

A warrant was issued when he failed to show up in court for his sentencing.

The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Tampa received a tip that Walcott was living somewhere on the island of Barbados, according to a news release.

The U.S. Marshals Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., worked with the U.S. Department of State in Bridgetown and local authorities there to find him.

On Thursday, U.S. Department of State diplomatic security officials turned over custody of Walcott to U.S. marshals at the Bridgetown Airport in Barbados. He was flown to Fort Myers by U.S. marshals.

On Friday evening, he was being held in the Lee County Jail. Deputies will pick him up and bring him back to Pinellas, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Nestor.

A U.S. Marshals official called the arrest and extradition "an excellent example of international law enforcement cooperation," according to the release.

At the time of his original arrest, Walcott was living in a mobile home at 1399 Belcher Road S.

Largo child molester extradited from Barbados 06/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. GOP's challenge: Finding votes for Senate health care bill (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

  2. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.
  3. Manslaughter charges eyed in deadly London fire sparked by refrigerator


    LONDON — Manslaughter charges are among the offenses under consideration in the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze that killed 79 people, London police said Friday.

    A view of part of the Burnham residential tower on the Chalcots Estate showing the bottom section of the building after cladding was removed, in the borough of Camden, north London, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Tests so far have found that at least three high-rise apartment buildings in the U.K. have flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Britain's government said Thursday. The local council in Camden, a borough of London, removed cladding from one of its buildings for further testing after tests they commissioned showed some of their panels were of the flammable variety "and not the ones they ordered." It was unclear whether the Camden example was one of the three mentioned by the government. [Associated Press]
  4. PolitiFact: 6 questions about the Senate health care bill and transparency


    Now that a Senate health care bill has been unveiled, senators will be jousting over its provisions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington on June 20. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  5. Bicylist critically injured in crash involving SUV on Bayside Bridge


    A bicyclist was critically injured Friday morning when a driver drifted into his lane and struck him on the Bayside Bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.