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Probation sweep at Pinellas Park motel leads to 11 arrests

PINELLAS PARK — Police arrested 11 men during an unannounced probation and parole sweep at a motel late Wednesday.

The men were on probation for crimes including sexual battery on a child, attempted unlawful sex with a minor, and lewd and lascivious assault.

They were accused of having items ranging from a samurai sword to a smartphone, synthetic marijuana, a spring-loaded knife and pornography.

"There were so many violations that it took up all of our time and resources," Pinellas Park police spokesman Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said Thursday.

Felons occupied most of the rooms at the Butterfly Lodge Motel, 12500 U.S. 19 N, he said. About 25 law enforcement officers spent more than four hours checking 25 felons in 21 rooms.

Of the 11 men arrested, eight are sex offenders whose terms of probation might not allow them to have otherwise legal items such as Web-enabled phones or weapons.

The men arrested and their violations, according to police:

Marion Francis Richardson, 83, on probation after a conviction of sexual battery on a victim under 16, had marijuana.

Matthew Merritt, 20, on probation for sexual battery on a victim under 12, had an Internet- ready cellphone.

Charles William Burnsed, 51, on probation for lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16 and one count of sexual battery, had an Internet-ready cellphone.

Allen Fredrick Shaw, 67, on probation for two counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16, had a weapon.

Robert Michael Saylor, 51, on probation for attempted sexual battery, had pornography on his cellphone.

Thomas J. McCarron, 66, on probation for sexual battery on a victim under 12, had multiple weapons, including a Samurai sword.

Frederick Santarpio, 57, on probation for attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor, had a cellphone with Internet capability and pictures of his own genitals.

Brian Keith Roberts, 42, on probation for attempted sexual battery on a child under 12, had synthetic marijuana.

Christopher Moore, 27, on probation for child abuse, had an Internet-capable cellphone and a pornographic video.

Vincent Anthony Palmieri, 59, on probation for drug trafficking, had marijuana.

Johnny Hutchinson, 50, on probation for burglary, also had marijuana.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at [email protected] or (727)-893-8804.

This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: The men arrested during a Pinellas Park police sweep at the Butterfly Lodge Motel was incorrect about their criminal status. The men were all on probation for various crimes.

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