Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tarpon Springs man accused of raping girl harassed victim, police say

TARPON SPRINGS — A Tarpon Springs man is back in jail after, police say, he violated a restraining order that prohibited him from contacting the 13-year-old girl he is accused of raping.

Jessie Reynolds, of 605 S Disston Ave., was charged Wednesday with violation of the order and tampering with a witness.

Police said Reynolds drove by the girl four times Wednesday night when she was at her aunt's home, one of the places Reynolds was forbidden to go.

"The mere fact that he attempted to communicate with a person protected by an injunction for protection is an additional violation," said Tarpon Springs police Sgt. Robert Faugno.

Court records show the girl originally received a temporary injunction, which was made permanent by a judge after she and Reynolds attended a court hearing on Oct. 28.

The file is sealed because of the girl's age and the nature of the alleged crime. But the final order shows Reynolds was ordered not to come within 500 feet of the girl's home or other locations she frequents.

Reynolds, 42, showed up at the home of the girl's aunt about 8 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Witnesses reported Reynolds made comments to the girl that seemed intended to intimidate her, according to arrest reports.

Reynolds, 42, was arrested Oct. 17 and charged with sexual battery after the girl reported that he forced himself on her the night before. The girl told a family member, who alerted police.

Reynolds, who goes by the nickname "Junebug," created a stir in 1989 when he alleged a Tarpon Springs narcotics detective was tipping him off about drug raids. Several months later, Reynolds recanted his statement.

Reynolds served 13 years in prison after a 1990 conviction on charges of aggravated battery, kidnapping and cocaine trafficking, according to the Florida Corrections Department.

On Friday, he was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Tarpon Springs man accused of raping girl harassed victim, police say 11/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 8:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

    Nation

    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  2. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General

    Crime

    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  5. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

    Nation

    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.