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The Bizarre World of Florida

Jury Rejects Man’s Claim He Was Sleeping When He Molested Girl August 28, 2014

Caleb-RuhCaleb Ruh, a 29-year-old Flagler County man accused two years ago of molesting a 7-year-old girl in his care, was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation in a jury trial that ended late this afternoon.

Ruh faces life in prison and will be designated a sexual predator. He will be sentenced on Sept. 29 by Flagler County Circuit Judge J. David Walsh.

Ruh was represented by public defender Regina Nunnally, who argued at trial that Ruh suffered from “sexsomnia” and committed the acts while asleep.

Susan Davis writing for WebMD summarizes the disorder this way: “Also called ‘sleep sex,’ sexsomnia is a type of parasomnia, where the brain is caught in transition between sleeping and waking states. As with other parasomnias — including sleepwalking, sleep talking, and, yes, sleep driving — someone who is sleep sexing can seem fully awake and aware, even as he or she is masturbating, or fondling, initiating intercourse with, or even sexually assaulting a bed partner. But he or she truly is asleep. In fact, a diagnosis of sexsomnia has been used as a defense in several rape and molestation cases in recent years.”

In Ruh’s case, a jury of five men and one women didn’t buy it. The jury issued the verdict before Walsh after deliberating 90 minutes.

Ruh, who lives in a part of southern Flagler County that has Ormond Beach addresses, was arrested on Aug. 31, 2012, following a Department of Children and Families investigation earlier into an incident that took place July 1.

Ruh, according to his arrest report at the time, had been left in charge of the 7 year old girl while her mother and a 1-year-old child went to the store. The girl told her mother that Ruh had fallen asleep on the couch, then at one point had called out the girl’s name, grabbed the girl, and tried to kiss and touch her. The girl tried to awaken Ruh, who would later say that he’d taken Xanax before falling asleep. Xanax is an anti-anxiety prescription.

The girl later confronted Ruh about it. He refused to talk about it and claimed that the incident couldn’t have happened. The girl would later tell her mother that on another occasion, Ruh had blindfolded her and put things in her mouth, with the object of the “game” being that she had to guess what it was. The child’s mother took both her children to Broward County, where, the report states, a Child Protective Team concluded that there had been “two acts of sexual violence.”

Ruh continued to insist that he did not remember what had taken place on July 1, as he did at trial.

He was initially booked on $200,000 bail. He did not have a good record while in jail, and faced additional charges, such as obstructing police and violating jail rules two or more times, a case still pending in county court, and a battery charge, what would have been a third-degree felony, though the charge was dismissed.

 

Upskirt suspect with shoe phone gets the boot August 21, 2014

A Wal-Mart shopper with a device hidden in his shoe snapped photos up a woman’s skirt in the toilet-paper aisle and in a checkout line at a Sanford store Tuesday, police said today.

sfl-flduh-upskirt-shoe-phone-20140820-001Paul Senzee, 40, of Apopka was charged with video voyeurism after he allegedly placed the device, described as iPhone or iPad, under the same woman’s skirt at the Wal-Mart at 3653 Orlando Drive.

“Senzee walked up behind the victim multiple times and extended his foot forward and under her skirt,” Shannon Cordingly, a Sanford police spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Once police are able to execute a search of Senzee’s cell phone they will be able to determine if there are additional victims.”

The alleged victim confronted Senzee after spotting his secret camera.

Police were called to the store just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after getting a call about a suspicious person.

A woman said a man later identified as Senzee “appeared to be attempting to sneak up behind her,” a report said.

When she turned to look, at the man, he quickly turned and walked away and attempted to appear to “focus on merchandise on the shelves,” according to the report.

She tried to walk away, but he followed. She spotted a hole in the top of one of his shoes but “didn’t think anything of it at the time,” the report noted.

The woman said she later noticed the same man was behind her in a checkout line but he didn’t have any merchandise to purchase.

She turned again, looked at the shoe with the hole, and the man immediately turned and walked away.

The woman said “she followed the man and stopped him with her grocery cart and asked the man to show her his shoes,” the report said.

He refused and continued to walk away.

She started yelling and an unidentified man approached Senzee and demanded he take the device out of the shoe, which he did.

Then police arrived.

“I observed Senzee wearing black in color dress shoes with a round hole cut out of the top of his right shoe,” an officer wrote in a report. “It should be noted that the tape around the camera lens of the ipod/iphone matched the color of Senzee’s shoes.”

The suspect declined to speak to the officer.

Store security found images of Senzee on surveillance video.

“I observed the recorded surveillance video which clearly showed Senzee walk up behind [the woman] while in a checkout line and extend his right foot forward and under [her] skirt multiple times,” the report said.

He was handcuffed, arrested for video voyeurism and taken to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford.

 

Man caught in sexapade; his girlfriend caught with something else, cops say July 17, 2014

It could be said the evening was going swimmingly for the 57-year-old man.

Not only was he intoxicated, but he was actively engaged in sexual intercourse with a 45-year-old woman, also intoxicated.

sfl-fls-sex-romp-20140716-001The man told police when Hughes spied him and the other woman together, she grew “enraged and started shattering everything of his in the house,” according to a recently released Port St. Lucie police report.But the situation that June 27 night in Port St. Lucie soured suddenly when the man’s girlfriend, Linda Hughes, 54, came home and saw them mid-romp.

As a rule of thumb, women do not approve of their boyfriends having sex with other women.

Still, the 57-year-old man said he didn’t want to pursue charges against Hughes for trashing his sports memorabilia, valued at $2,000, and furniture.

The 45-year-old woman said she and the 57-year-old man were in a fornication situation when Hughes “walked in and caught them.” She said Hughes got upset and started destroying “everything in the residence.”

She started quarreling with Hughes about breaking stuff when Hughes kicked her in the abdomen.

Meanwhile, Hughes said she came home after drinking and found her boyfriend and the 45-year-old woman copulating.

The 45-year-old woman wouldn’t let police photograph the area where Hughes is alleged to have kicked her. She said it was “too embarrassing.”

“It should be noted that all parties were intoxicated and refused to write statements,” the report states.

Police arrested Hughes, of the 1200 block of Southwest Mot Court in Port St. Lucie, on a battery charge.

On the way to jail, an officer reported Hughes was moving around and fiddling with her hands behind her back. The officer found a pot pipe under the seat where Hughes had been sitting.

“I’m sorry, it was my friends and I forgot I had it on me so I didn’t want to get caught with it on me,” Hughes is quoted as saying.

Hughes was arrested on additional charges including possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and smuggling contraband – introduce into a detention facility.

 

Joy McCall Gets 10 Years In Prison For Having Sex With 12-Year-Old Boy July 16, 2014

Joy L. McCall was arrested earlier this week after the 35-year-old was charged with having sex with a 12-year-old son of a family friend.

Joy-McCall1The victim’s mother called the Ocala Police Department to report she believed her son was in a sexual relationship with one of her friends. Her son supposedly told a friend at church about having a sexual  relationship with McCall, and that boy cock-blocked told his mother, who then contacted the victim’s mother to relay what she’d been told.

After learning of the possible relationship, the victim’s mother conducted her own investigation and found some disturbing text messages between McCall and her son that seemed to confirm the two had sex on multiple occasions. “She was able to see through the different text messaging that had occurred between McCall and the juvenile. And determine the dates that the incidents had occurred,’ said Sergeant Angy Scroble.

When police interviewed the boy, he confirmed his mother’s suspicions and told them he’d had sex with “Ms. Joy” on three occasions. The first was in January after he began receiving Facebook messages from McCall that “continued getting more heated.” After sending him pictures of herself in her underwear, she texted him to meet her at the Paddock Mall.

He did, and the two had sex in the backseat of McCall’s car. Five days later, she picked him up while he was riding his bicycle and the two had sex in some secluded woods. They met again in February and had sex in the same wooded area.

McCall, who has children the same age as the victim, was interviewed by police and admitted she’d had sex with the boy. Joy L. McCall was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery. On Tuesday, Judge Jim McCune set McCall’s bond at $45,000.

McCall is currently on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail.

 

Man kept 3 women as sex slaves in his home June 14, 2014

A Florida man is accused of keeping three women trapped in his home as sex slaves for months, reports CBS affiliate WGFL.

timothydeeganTimothy Deegan, 53, is facing three counts of human trafficking, and deputies say they were made aware of the well-known Alachua County accountant’s alleged crimes back in December, when deputies arrested the suspect on sexual battery charges. The Gainesville Sun reports Deegan was arrested last Friday.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the incident in December led to further investigation which uncovered evidence of drugs, prostitution and human trafficking.

“[Deegan] has been having females live in his residence,” Sgt. Becky Butscher told the station. “He has been providing them drugs in exchange for sex. He has also been providing transportation, hotel rooms, in order for them to participate in prostitution activity.”

Butscher said the suspect kept tabs on the unidentified victims using video surveillance, and would track them with the GPS on their cell phones.

“He has recorded the sex acts, and he has controlled the females by providing drugs to them, by creating traps inside the residence,” said Butscher.

Cindy Schirmer, Deegan’s neighbor, told WGFL that their small, quiet neighborhood of Meadowbrook Ridge, in Gainesville, has been rocked by the news. “We felt like this was just the safest, nicest neighborhood…. It’s just really hard for our neighbors to feel safe having him here,” she said. “He’s not welcome here.”

Deegan is currently behind held in the Alachua County Jail on $300,000 bond, the station reports. In addition to the human trafficking charges, Butscher says the suspect could face charges for drugs and video recordings of sexual activity.

 

Man, 77, accused of exposing his banana at farmers market June 5, 2014

A 77-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after a woman said he rubbed his private parts against her at a farmers market at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, the Sheriff’s Office said.

cartoon patient bananaThe woman was shopping at the crowded market on New York Avenue east of DeLand about 9:30 a.m. when she felt what she assumed was a bag of produce touch her twice from behind, investigators said.

Just before the incident, another woman said she saw Luis Gonzaga walk by with his genitals exposed and then cover himself with a plastic bag, which he removed when he got in line behind the shopper, deputies said.

The witness called to the woman to let her know what was going on, and Gonzaga tried to run away, investigators said. Shoppers tackled him and held him until deputies arrived.

Gonzaga, who lives in Orange City, at first denied that he indecently exposed himself but later said the exposure might have been inadvertent, investigators said. He acknowledged finding the woman in front of him “very attractive,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened in front of children, including babies and toddlers.

Gonzaga was being held late Wednesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on charges of lewd or lascivious exhibition, indecent exposure and battery. Bail was set at $106,500.

 

If a guy in a Walmart parking lot offers to read your palm with his hand down your shirt, he may not be a real psychic May 20, 2014

1400553709860A man has been arrested for inappropriately touching two women outside of a Seminole County Walmart, police said.

Sanford police have arrested Zulfikar Jaffer, 52.

Last Thursday police said  Jaffer approached a female in the Walmart parking lot and indicated that he wanted to read her palm, police said. He then proceeded to place his hand down the victim’s shirt.

Then, just before noon Monday, a second female contacted the Sanford Police Department to report she was approached by a man who asked to read her palm at an Aldi near the Walmart. The woman said he then followed her into the parking lot, and convinced her to sit in his car and let him read her palm again. That’s when the woman said placed his hand down the front of her shirt.

The woman got out and called 911, and when Sanford Police arrived and saw Jaffer’s car, they said they recognized it from the incident Thursday and took him into custody.

He was arrested on two counts of battery and was released from the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on bond.

Investigators are concerned that Jaffer has additional victims.

 

 
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