Monday, April 23, 2018
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Detectives investigating suspicious death in Lealman

LEALMAN — Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a man found in his mobile home Thursday morning.

The body of William David Casey was found Thursday morning by a neighbor at Palace Mobile Home Park, 2500 54th Ave. N, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said. Casey, 75, suffered upper body trauma, officials said, but the exact nature of his injuries was not disclosed.

Crime scene tape blocked the roadway in front of Casey's home late Thursday as forensics technicians and sheriff's detectives shuffled in and out.

Casey made news in June when he was arrested for trying to set up a sexual tryst with a 13-year-old girl and a Largo police detective posing as her mother.

His ex-wife, who had recently filed for a divorce, discovered a Yahoo Messenger account he was using named "nudeteeninga." She notified police, who began chatting with Casey online.

In the chats, Casey expressed interest in having sex with the mother and daughter and claimed he had molested a child in the past, police said.

They arranged a meeting in Taylor Park in Largo, where Casey was arrested on charges of traveling to meet a minor for sex acts and enticing a parent to commit a sex act with a child.

Detectives searched Casey's computer and found six photographs described as child pornography, netting more charges.

Court records show Casey pleaded guilty to the charges March 19. He was sentenced to two years community control, followed by three years probation.

On April 11, he registered as a sex offender at the Palace Mobile Home Park, records show. The state sex offender database shows that more than 100 men registered as sex offenders and sexual predators live at the park.

Anyone with information about the death can call Detective Jeff Capra at (727) 582-6200.

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