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Man accused of using fake $10 bill in Pasco

WESLEY CHAPEL — Three years ago, a 59-year-old woman accused Darin Salters of terrorizing her in her Angus Valley house. She said he forced his way inside, smoked crack on her couch and climbed into the shower with her.

Facing a possible life sentence, Salters was convicted of lesser charges and spent about a year in prison.

Now, he's in trouble again.

The Sheriff's Office released a report Monday that said Salters, 39, tried to pass a fake $10 bill at a McDonald's restaurant.

About 6:15 p.m. Sunday, the report says, Salters went through the drive-through at 27643 State Road 54 and ordered a chicken sandwich. He got the sandwich and $8.93 in change. When a manager questioned him about the $10 bill, Salters said he didn't know anything about it and drove away.

But when a deputy caught up to him, the report says, Salters blurted out, "I did it. I was scared."

He was charged with uttering a forged bill, a felony.

Salters' two previous cases rank among the more curious in Pasco County courts.

In 2003, a 52-year-old Angus Valley woman said Salters, who was 34 at the time, staked out her house, broke in through a window, brandished a knife and raped her.

He went to trial and was acquitted. The defense's argument: The woman's house was so filthy and cluttered, no one could have gotten in without permission.

His 2005 case took three tries to get a verdict. The woman in that case said Salters knocked on her door and asked to use her phone because his car had broken down. She said he returned a week later and forced his way in, telling the woman he wasn't leaving until they had sex.

She stalled as he smoked crack on her couch. Then he let her take a shower to wash out the dye she had put in her hair.

The woman testified in the trial that when she opened her eyes, Salters was in the shower with her, naked.

He finally left, she said, after she gave him a fake phone number.

The first trial ended in a mistrial because of a judge's verbal slip. The second jury was hung.

When the third trial concluded, even as Salters was led away to prison, his attorney declared victory. That's because if Salters had been convicted of all the crimes he was charged with, he could have gone to prison for life.

Instead, he was incarcerated for about a year, getting out in October 2007.

On Monday, he was in the Land O'Lakes jail on the fake money charge.

His arrest report says he returned the change from the chicken sandwich.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Man accused of using fake $10 bill in Pasco 12/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 4, 2008 1:40pm]
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