Woman convicted of sex on Manatee County beach to be released from jail

Elissa Alvarez, 20, left, and Jose Caballero, 40.
Elissa Alvarez, 20, left, and Jose Caballero, 40.
Published May 28, 2015

BRADENTON — A woman who was convicted of having sex on a local beach will not spend any more time in jail. On Wednesday, a Bradenton judge sentenced 20-year-old Elissa Alvarez to time served.

Alvarez and 40-year-old Jose Caballero were found guilty May 4 of lewd and lascivious exhibition for having sex in public, including in front of a 3-year-old child.

The Bradenton Herald ( reports that Alvarez accepted the stat-recommended sentence during a hearing scheduled to discuss setting a sentencing date. Defense attorney Greg Hagopian said she is embarrassed by the incident.

Alvarez, who's been in custody since May 4, was released Wednesday evening. Because she doesn't have a criminal record, her conviction was withheld. She still must register as a sex offender unless she appeals.

Caballero will be sentenced July .