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White supremacist sought in rape and beating of teen


Supremacist sought in rape and beating

Police are searching for a white supremacist who they say brutally beat and raped a 17-year-old girl near Straub Park. Police say Larry Gregory, 37, went for a walk with the girl April 16. Gregory, who has a tattoo of the word "white" on one calf and "power" on the other calf, has been arrested more than 50 times in Texas, Missouri and Florida, police said. The victim was hanging out with friends downtown and met some men, police said. During the few hours they were together, Gregory stole some items from a store and was caught on surveillance video, police said. Later, Gregory and the girl were walking to buy cigarettes when he pulled her aside and attacked her, police said. She suffered serious injuries and feared for her life, police said. Police ask anyone with information about the case to call (727) 893-7780.


Kiddie porn stash called massive

A former Hillsborough County parks manager was sentenced Friday to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Thomas Goins, 65, had so many illegal images on his computer that FBI investigators said hard copies of them "would take up city blocks," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel Moore. "They had never recovered such massive amounts of images," Moore said in court. Goins spent 25 years as a Hillsborough park ranger stationed at Lithia Springs Park, where he lived in a trailer with his adult daughter. A co-worker's tip led to his arrest in October and subsequent firing.

Man accused of beating girl, 13

Police arrested a 34-year-old Tampa man, accusing him of beating a 13-year-old relative with a leather belt for several hours after she refused his sexual advances, according to an arrest report. Mario Alberto Segovia-Martinez of 920 Castle Court faces charges of aggravated child abuse and battery, jail records show. Segovia-Martinez was arrested Thursday evening. He was held at the Orient Road Jail on Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Man wins retrial

in sex abuse case

A man sentenced to concurrent life sentences for sexually abusing a child received a new trial Friday after the 2nd District Court of Appeal found that jurors heard evidence of crimes he was not charged with. Randolph Wightman, 48, was convicted in 2006 on two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12. Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe allowed the victim to testify in general terms about being molested repeatedly even though Wightman faced just two counts. Only one specific incident was recalled by both the victim and her mother, and they gave conflicting accounts of what happened.

Man accused of having grow house

Deputies have arrested a 45-year-old Tampa man, accusing him of trafficking in marijuana and theft of electricity. Deputies say Amaury B. Gonzalez of 7910 N Thatcher Ave. was stealing electricity and growing marijuana inside his home.

White supremacist sought in rape and beating of teen 04/26/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2008 8:55am]
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