Month: July 2016

Levy SO Arrests Suspect Preying on Juvenile Females

 

 
 

July 22, 2016

On July 20, 2016, Investigators
from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dillon Arnold Bird (2-2-1992) for
multiple sex offenses.  Bird resided in
the Williston area of the county. 

Several days earlier, Sgt. Mike
Narayan and Investigator Mike Wilkinson met with a concerned parent of a 17
year old female high school student.  The
parent discovered evidence that the daughter had been involved in a sexual
relationship with Bird.  LCSO immediately
began investigating the report and were quickly able to develop probable cause
that Bird had committed at least three sex crimes against the victim in Levy
County. 

Unfortunately, LCSO’s investigation
also uncovered evidence indicating that Bird had committed multiple sex crimes
against another Levy County teenage victim. 
Those incidents remain under investigation.      

The LCSO investigation revealed
that Bird used the social media application “Snap Chat” to make initial contact
with his prospective victims.  Bird
convinced the juvenile victims to meet him and then ultimately convinced them
to engage in sex acts with him.  LCSO
investigators believe there are other potential victims who have not reported
the crimes.  Sheriff McCallum stated
“this case is particularly disturbing due to the apparent sophistication of the
offender and his ability to victimize teenagers who would not normally be
considered at risk.  We want to encourage
any other potential victims to come forward and report any incidents involving
this suspect.” 

Bird has been booked into the
Levy County Detention Center on three counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a
Minor.  His total bond has been set at
$750,000.00. 

 
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Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

July 8, 2016
On July 8, 2016 Billy Joe Patterson registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Patterson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes
addresses.
Billy Joe Patterson was convicted in 2003 in Levy County,
Fl for Sexual Battery by an Adult on a child under 12; F.S. 794.011. Patterson has registered his temporary change
in address as: 10621 NE 68 Lane, Bronson, Florida 32621.
For a complete listing of all registered
sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
Billy Joe Patterson
10621 NE 68 Lane
Bronson, Florida 32621
White/Male
DOB: 8-11-1962
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Mother Arrested for Child Neglect

July 8,
2016
On July
8, 2016 at approximately 3:40 pm the LCSO received a 911 call from motorist
Mitzi Lacoste. Ms. Lacoste was passing through the Gulf Hammock area of Levy
County approximately 3/4 of a mile north of the Gulf Hammock caution light when
she observed a young child approximately six feet off of the roadway. Ms.
Lacoste stopped and found the male child, approximately 2 ½ years old, was not
accompanied by any adult. Ms. Lacoste protected and calmed the child until
first responders arrived. The child was dressed in only a shirt.
LCSO
Deputies, Investigators and the Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS)
responded to the scene. Members of LCDPS calmed and treated the distraught
child in their ambulance as investigators worked to identify the child’s parent(s).
Investigators report LCDPS personnel went above and beyond, displaying their
care and compassion for the child.
Law
Enforcement identified the mother of the child as Tana Francis Plank (7-7-90)
who lived approximately ¼ of a mile away through a wooded swampy area of Gulf
Hammock. In Ms. Plank’s initial statement to law enforcement officers, she said
she had just awakened from a nap to discover her child missing. She later
amended her story and told investigators she had recently used methamphetamines
and methadone and fallen asleep. Investigators also discovered during their investigation
that approximately three weeks prior the child wandered away from the home and
was found by a neighbor near a pond.
Investigators
contacted the Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) who have
opened their own investigation. DCF has placed the child in protective custody
with a family member. Ms. Plank was arrested for Child Neglect and is being
held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $45,000 bond. 
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
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Levy County Courts Impose Sentences

Jeorgan Rodriguez

Michael Rader

Mark Stringer
Larry Young
July 8, 2016
This week the 8th Judicial Circuit Court
of Levy County concluded several cases presented to the State Attorney’s Office
by the LCSO. The following guilty adjudications were accepted and sentences
imposed.

Jeorgan Rodriguez
(1-4-60) was sentenced on two cases presented by the LCSO Criminal
Investigations Division. Rodriguez was charged with two law violations in 2015.
The first charge, a second degree felony, was Lewd or Lascivious Molestation on
a Person under 12 by an Offender Over 18. Rodriguez was sentenced to 15 years
in the Florida Department of Corrections on this case. His second case was for
Failure to Comply with Registration requirements as a Sexual Offender. He was
sentenced to 5 years in the Florida Department of Corrections to run concurrent
with his first charge. 

Michael Rader
(12-16-80) was sentenced on a case presented by the LCSO Criminal Investigations
Division. Rader was charged in 2016 for a Sex Offender violation of Failure to
Register. Rader was sentenced to 5 years in the Florida Department of
Corrections.

Mark Stringer (10-10-56)
was sentenced on a case presented by the LCSO Criminal Investigations Division.
Stringer was charged in 2016 for Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a Person 12
YOA or Older but under 16 YOA, Offender 18 or Older. Stringer was sentenced to
12 years in the Florida Department of Corrections.

Larry Young (12-19-74)
was sentenced on two cases presented by LCSO. Young was charged in 2015 for
Possession and Sale of Cocaine by the LCSO Drug Task Force and was sentenced to
80 months in the Florida Department of Corrections. Young was also charged by the LCSO
Criminal Investigations Division in 2015 for Failure to Register as a Sex
Offender. He will serve a 77 month sentence concurrently in the Florida
Department of Corrections on this charge.
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Sexual Predator Public Address Notification

July 5, 2016
On June 27, 2016 William R Hickman registered as a
Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. By Florida law Hickman is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes
addresses.
William R Hickman was convicted in 2013 in Gilchrist County, Fl for
Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on a child 12-15 yrs of age; F.S. 800.04 (5)
(c). Hickman has registered his
change in address as: 7617 NW 168 Lane Trenton, Levy County, Florida.
For a complete listing of all
registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County,
or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual
offender data base.
Sexual Predator:
William R. Hickman
7617 NW 168 Lane   
Trenton, Levy County, Florida
White/Male
DOB: 10-8-50
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Lt. Scott Tummond
Public Information
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.