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Volunteer accused of fondling visitor, 9, at Lowry Park Zoo

Cameron James Spurback, 21, of Tampa  was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition and lewd and lascivious molestation.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Cameron James Spurback, 21, of Tampa was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition and lewd and lascivious molestation.

TAMPA — Police arrested a Lowry Park Zoo volunteer Tuesday afternoon who is accused of fondling a 9-year-old visitor in the men's room.

Cameron James Spurback, 21, of Tampa has no criminal history. The zoo did a background check on him before he began his volunteer position preparing food for the animals, said Laura McElroy, a spokeswoman for the Tampa Police Department.

Spurback, who police said has a disfiguring condition, went to the restroom at the end of his shift about 2:15 p.m., approached a 9-year-old boy in the restroom, pulled down the boy's pants and fondled him, authorities said. The boy told authorities Spurback then pulled down his own pants and fondled himself.

The child ran and told his parents what had happened. They flagged down security.

Security officers kept Spurback in the restroom until Tampa police arrived.

Spurback was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition and lewd and lascivious molestation.

Zoo CEO Craig Pugh released a statement Tuesday evening about the park's zero-tolerance policy for illegal activity.

"We have a duty to ensure the safety of our guests, our employees and other volunteers, and we take that responsibility very seriously," he said.

Spurback was dismissed from the volunteer position.

Volunteer accused of fondling visitor, 9, at Lowry Park Zoo 03/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 7:28am]
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