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Lawyer accused of sexual battery kills himself

A 55-year-old lawyer facing charges of capital sexual battery shot himself Thursday at Fort De Soto Park.

Before his death, Victor D. Ines, who practiced family law in Tampa, proclaimed his innocence in a videotape he mailed to WFTS-Ch. 28. The station aired a portion of the tape during its 11 p.m. newscast Friday night.

Police had accused Ines of fondling a 4-year-old girl in his apartment and then masturbating in front of her. They believe he committed the crime July 3 while babysitting for the girl in his apartment at 10200 Gandy Blvd., No. 1319.

In a news release, St. Petersburg lawyer Grady Irvin, who had represented Ines, said he now represents Ines' adult children.

"As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for those who knew and loved Mr. Ines," the release said.

Ines' children, Greg Ines and Kim Ines-Bishop, and son-in-law Greg Bishop released a statement Friday: "Victor was a loving and caring person who recently accepted Christ into his life. He was a good dad. It is obvious that with the passing of his own father this past week, at such a difficult time in Victor's own life, he made a decision that we all will struggle to understand. We love him and will miss him dearly."

A chapel service will be held for Ines at 2 p.m. Wednesday at R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, in St. Petersburg.