published: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Four arrested in Veteran's Beach sting
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
SEBRING -- In response to reports of lewd behavior occurring in the men's room at Veterans Beach, the Sebring Police Department recently conducted a series of undercover operations there. Four men, ranging in ages from 40-75, were arrested for sex crimes last week in the operation that took place inside the men's bathroom.
Friday the police department announced the arrest of three men Wednesday, all at 9:27 a.m. Another man was arrested at 8:53 a.m. Friday.
The Sebring Police Department runs these sting operations occassionally when it recognizes that this type of behavior has increased, as previously reported in the News-Sun.
All four men are charged with indecent exposure (a first degree misdemeanor) and soliciting a lewd act (a second degree misdemeanor). All four men masturbated in front of an undercover officer.
According to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office website, Ronald Wayne Hancock Jr., 45, of Sebring was arrested only once before, in 2009, for fraud and insufficient funds under $150. This was his first offense for soliciting a lewd act, according to the SPD report.
Randall L. Kemp, 40, of Sebring has no other arrests on file. In addition to charges of soliciting a lewd behavior and indecent exposure, he was charged with possession of under 20 grams of marijuana (a first degree misdemeanor).
Floyd Franklin Manning, 75, also lives in Sebring. He could not be found on a search of the HCSO's website's inmate search engine, nor a record of his booking.
Joe Gerald Wood, 66, of Wauchula was arrested Friday morning. This arrest is the only one on his record. Wood was also charged with committing a lewd act (first degree misdemeanor).
Except for Manning, the men were released without having to post a bond. Manning will appear on Oct. 18 to answer charges in this complaint.
The News-Sun was unable to find the record of the Manning case's disposition.
fail? or cop fail? (by: rollineyes2 - 10/5/2012)
everyone can believe what anything says.. true? or jus gosiping of something that isn't true or 100% true, and if partly then whats behind the cops? everyone knows cops are good but some people know there are bad ones.. and how bad to get these innocent guys cause the economy is so down cause they need more bucks? think bout it.. and what a small town we are how things spread real quick, and who's behind this to get this information? i think im'ma stay quiet from this point on
dis (by: anonymous - 10/5/2012)
cause the city is poor and cops need money, so they figured out a way how to catch these guys, the men's room is where to do your lil business.. but you gata go if you gata go, and with out a door? how rude? there has been an investigation going on about the true meaning of the happening. these cops are so crude these days or shal i say.. the economy.. this isnt any news, its just more of gossiping
What am I missing? (by: SebringSpeedFreak - 10/5/2012)
Where in the heck does it say ANYTHING about adoptions?!!!
adoption? (by: rollingmyeyes - 10/2/2012)
What does this have to do with adoption? It has to do with being idiots in public and soliciting sex in a public venue... they weren't at an adoption agency- as far as these men.... its 2012 geez get a room, we have several hotels that they can keep their personal life behind closed doors and not in a park!
Adoption (by: Blindman - 9/30/2012)
Now who here thinks any of these people should be allowed to adopt children?
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