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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]
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