It was 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when the man offered to drive a 17-year-old girl who was walking to the motel where she was staying. They went to his room at the Crystal Inn, 4600 34th St. S, to watch television, police said, and he sexually assaulted her. The teenager had met the man before at a family gathering, police said. What she didn't know is that he had served 10 years in prison for a similar crime. Craig Antonio Jackson, 50, was still completing his 20-year parole sentence when he was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual battery and violation of parole. He was being held Wednesday in the Pinellas County Jail on $20,000 bail. It's unclear why the teenager was out so late or was staying at the motel, police said. Her mother lives in St. Petersburg and she was not listed as a runaway. In 2001, he was arrested in St. Petersburg for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a friend's home. A judge recently granted him more lenient parole terms in March. Under the new terms, he shouldn't have been out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. He had made a similar request in 2011, asking to get rid of his curfew altogether. He submitted character references, but the request was denied.
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Man charged with felony stalking
A man was arrested Thursday for illegally re-entering the country from Mexico to find a woman he sexually battered last year, Clearwater police said. Miguel Angel Gutierrez, 40, was charged Thursday with felony aggravated stalking after police said he twice showed up at the unidentified 38-year-old victim's workplace on Monday and was a passenger in a car that cut her off as she was driving. Gutierrez jumped out of the vehicle, according to a police report, and attempted to open the woman's car door while making a threat. He fled after she called police. He was arrested Thursday after Clearwater detectives asked the woman to arrange a meeting with him at a CVS Pharmacy at 2200 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. Gutierrez was deported to Mexico last year for sexually battering the woman, who said she was "in great fear" of him, police said. He remained in Pinellas County Jail Friday without bail.