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Sheriff to release names of juveniles charged in felonies

Juveniles arrested for felony crimes in Pasco County may now see their names published in newspapers or broadcast on television. Sheriff Lee Cannon said he will take advantage of a new state law that took effect Oct. 1 that gives law enforcement agencies the discretion to release the names of juveniles arrested in for felonies. Previously, the Sheriff's Office released only the names of juveniles over 16 in felony cases. Cannon said he believes Pasco residents will welcome knowing the names of juvenile offenders. "At virtually every meeting I go to involving adults in this county that always comes up," Cannon said. "They're frustrated that they don't know who is committing crimes in their community." Cannon said he may look at individual cases involving younger children.

Correction

A story Friday about the Thomas Thornton case incorrectly identified Pasco sheriff's Sgt. Phyllis Davis as the supervisor of the agency's crimes-against-children unit when Detective Cliff Blum worked there.

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