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Assistant prosecutor resigns after arrest

Published Dec. 2, 2006

A Pinellas-Pasco assistant state attorney was one of nine men charged with exposing themselves in a Largo undercover police investigation of public park restrooms last month, officials said Friday.

Fred Andrew Taylor, 36, resigned from the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office on Nov. 15, a day after he was charged, said Kendall Davidson, county court division director. He had been with the office for about a year.

"Prior to the incident he had been a very professional and skilled attorney with our office," Davidson said.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said Taylor came into the office the day after his arrest and resigned.

"He said he was sorry for the embarrassment that he caused the office," Bartlett said.

Bartlett said he would have fired Taylor for the offense had he not resigned.

Although all parks in the city were monitored, officer Rick Owens said all of the arrests were made at Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW.

"Most of the time they don't even know the person," Owens said. "They just show up in the restroom exposing themselves."

The sting happened on three different days during the second week of November. Since then, Largo police have performed spot checks but have made no arrests.