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Activist jailed on more assault charges

A Clearwater Beach community activist was jailed again early Tuesday after more charges were filed in connection with sexual assaults on a boy. Gordon Edward McDougall, 54, was charged with three counts of raping an 8-year-old boy. McDougall was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $450,000 bail. The additional charges involve more investigation of allegations that led to McDougall's arrest May 22. He was accused then of raping the 8-year-old boy and fondling two teen-age boys at his home at 815 Bruce Ave. between March and May. McDougall was taken from the jail to a hospital two days after his May arrest because he became ill. He returned to jail June 1 and was released June 5 after posting a $110,000 bail. He was arrested again at his home Tuesday after a warrant was issued. During interviews after McDougall's initial arrest, Clearwater detectives and state attorney's investigators determined the 8-year-old boy had been the victim of additional sexual assaults between May 1989 and May 13, 1991, court records show. The boy had been introduced to McDougall by his mother and was a visitor in McDougall's home. McDougall, who has been critical of Clearwater police in the past, has served on a city task force that developed a controversial anti-cruising ordinance. The City Commission adopted the ordinance last month, which is designed to cut down on drivers cruising the streets of Clearwater Beach.Gunman robs Anchor Savings Bank

LARGO _ A man about 25 years old robbed Anchor Savings Bank at 2075 Seminole Blvd. on Tuesday afternoon, according to Largo police. The man, wearing a baseball cap and a turquoise-colored shirt, told bank tellers that he had a gun in his pocket and demanded cash, said Dennis Crandall, Largo police spokesman. The robber was handed a brown envelope with an undetermined amount of money and a hidden red-dye pack, Crandall said. He got into an older-model, ice-blue station wagon with a crushed driver's door where two other men waited, Crandall said, and they drove north on Seminole Boulevard. "A witness reported seeing the dye pack explode," Crandall said. "We may be looking for two white males and a red male." No one was hurt in the robbery, Crandall said. Largo police are asking anyone with information to call them at 587-6730 or 587-6717.

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