PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- The caretaker accused of inappropriately touching women at the mental health facility he worked for in Pinellas Park was granted bond on Sunday.
Brief first appeared in court on Friday. The judge allowed the State Attorney more time to establish probable cause for the lewd and lascivious molestation of elderly or disabled person charges.
Then on Sunday, the judge found probable cause to raise Brief's bond to $140,000. If he does bond out, he'll need to wear a GPS monitor. He also cannot have contact with the victims.
Police intitially received a report that a staff member at Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services had engaged in non-consensual sexual activity with multiple patients. Investigators learned a total of three adult female victims had been sexually battered and molested in the presence of an elderly person or disabled person, according to the report.
"They're there to receive treatment and help, and what we don’t want is for anyone to shy away from receiving treatment or help," said police Sgt. Lonnie Lancto.
Alleged victim speaksAn alleged victim reached out to us on Saturday. She didn't want her identity revealed, but detailed what happened to her over the phone.
She said she was at the facility seeking help when Brief had inappropriate contact with her.
“They have some really good techs in there, they do," she said. "That just really actually care and listen. They do. And just one person just ruins it and it makes you fear all the rest of them.”
She went on to say she's upset that Brief was hired by the facility at all, because in 2016 he was charged with domestic battery by strangulation. According to an arrest affidavit, he was accused of strangling a woman he was married to for years, then smashing her cell phone when she tried to call police.
Documents show the State Attorney later said the facts of the case didn't warrant prosecution. The victim says she hopes if there are more victims, they will come forward to investigators. Regarding Brief, she went on to say, "he deserves to be punished because he’s a predator.”The facility sent out a statement saying:
(Mugshot of Nicholai Brief: Courtesy of the Pinellas Park Police Department)
The police department is asking anyone at PEMHS who believes they may be a victim of sexual misconduct to contact police at 727-369-7864.
The investigation remains ongoing.
TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies are working to track down a suspected gunman after he was accused of shooting and killing his neighbor on Sunday evening.
When deputies arrived, they learned a man was shot and was taken by someone to AdventHealth Tampa on 3100 East Fletcher Ave., where he was pronounced dead, authorities stated.
Deputies are currenlty looking for the gunman, identified as Kendrick James, 31, and a burgundy 2015 Nissan Altima with a Florida tag: JJQ-K38.
(Mug shot of Kendrick James: Courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
(Stock photo of Nissan Altima: Courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
Authorities said James and the victim got into an altercation, and at some point the victim was shot.
The name of the victim has not been released.
Anyone with information is asked to call either the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).
7:30 p.m. update: The crash occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. while the plane was on approach to Pahokee Airport, also known as Palm Beach County Glades Airport, according to the FAA.
6:50 p.m. update: The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says its marine unit deputies recovered five individuals and that all five were killed.
Weather was not believed to be a factor in the crash, according to Spectrum News reporter Troy Kinsey and Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.
Kinsey said the plane was a Piper Aztec, which is commonly used as a training plane. He also said the Pahokee Airport where the plane crashed does not have a control tower.
TAMPA, Fla. -- A plane flying out of Tampa International Airport crashed Friday afternoon in Lake Okeechobee.
The twin-engine Piper aircraft crashed into water on approach to Pahokee Airport at about 3:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
It was not immediately know how many people were on board. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office posted on Twitter that one person was missing.
"One individual was observed swimming away from the airplane, however, has not been located," the Sheriff's Office posted.
The FAA is investigating.
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- A Largo father was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the murder of his seven-week-old baby.
According to his arrest affidavit, Suffoletto was watching his daughter, Gianna, on February 28. The baby's mother was not home.
Suffoletto allegedly told investigators he heard the baby moaning and gasping, so he threw cold and hot water on her face instead of calling 911.
When the mother returned home, she found Gianna unresponsive. She called 911 and the baby was brought to the hospital.
Gianna died from her injuries on March 5.
Investigators with the Largo Police Department say Gianna suffered blunt force trauma to her head, torso, and legs. The baby reportedly had rib fractures, tibia fractures and a broken femur. She also suffered brain hemorrhages.
Gianna's mother allegedly told investigators that Suffoletto would often get frustrated with the baby when she was fussy.
Suffoletto has reportedly denied the abuse. He remains in jail.
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced the arrest of a former Juvenile Justice Detention Officer accused of having sexual relations with juvenile male inmates.
According to investigators, Harrison was grooming his victims, bribing them with food and money in exchange for sexual acts.
Gualtieri said Harrison would enter inmate's cells multiple times throughout his overnight shifts and bring them food items, such as subs and hot chocolate. Investigators say Harrison would also bribe the inmates by allowing them to use his cell phone.
Harrison is charged with sexual battery and introduction of contraband.
Corey Feldman swears that Michael Jackson never molested him or touched him inappropriately.
"Leaving Neverland" aired on HBO on Sunday and Monday, shedding new light on allegations that Jackson molested Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were children. Jackson's family and estate have vehemently denied the allegations.
MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSERS SPEAK OUT ON HARROWING SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Feldman, 47, befriended Jackson when the "Goonies" star was in his teens and has maintained that the King of Pop was nothing but kind to him — he has said he believes his experiences were par for the course for Jackson's controversial relationships with minors.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S ESTATE CALLS 'LEAVING NEVERLAND' DOCUMENTARY A 'CHARACTER ASSASSINATION'
“All i know is what I experienced, & yes every experience was the same….right up 2 the sex part!,” Feldman began a series of tweets on Monday. “That is where it becomes lala land, instead of neverland 4 me. We never spoke about sex other than a few warnings about how sex was scary, & dangerous… MJ never once swore in my presence, never touched me inappropriately, & never ever suggested we should be lovers in any way!
Rodent droppings on cook line triggers St. Pete restaurant buffet’s emergency closureThe location was ordered to temporality close on July 27th with 27 violations, including raw chicken found between 45°-60°, a garbage dumpster filled with flies and maggots, and a fly strip discovered hanging directly above the ice cream cooler.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida— For the second time in two months, a Big Apple Buffet location was shut down by state health inspectors due to serious health code violations.
Last month, we reported on the temporary closure of Big Apple Buffet #2.
Now, health inspectors have also shut down the Big Apple Buffet’s original location on 58th Street in St. Petersburg.
The location was ordered to temporality close on July 27th with 27 violations, including raw chicken found between 45°-60°, a garbage dumpster filled with flies and maggots, and a fly strip discovered hanging directly above the ice cream cooler.
The inspector also documented 178 rodent droppings along the restaurant’s cook line, under the buffet and salad bar, around a hibachi table, and even smashed on the bottom side of woks.
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