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Former lawyer faces new sexual assault charges

This time, G. Robert Bolton is accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled man.

Times Staff Writer
Published June 21, 2003

ST. PETERSBURG - A former St. Petersburg lawyer who was previously convicted of sexual acts with teenage boys was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday after being accused of the sexual assault of a mentally disabled man.

G. Robert Bolton, 66, of Redington Beach, was arrested Thursday by St. Petersburg police and charged with one count each of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and violation of probation. He had been on probation for the previous conviction.

St. Petersburg police spokesman George Kajtsa said the victim was at the Pier about 10 p.m. June 12 when Bolton and another man, Marcus Timothy Binkley, 40, of St. Petersburg, approached the victim, whom they knew, in a vehicle and offered him a ride home.

The man refused, but Binkley and Bolton insisted, Kajtsa said. Finally, Binkley grabbed the man by the wrist and drove him to an unknown location, where Binkley and Bolton sexually assaulted him, Kajtsa said.

Binkley has been charged with one count each of sexual battery, kidnapping, violating probation and resisting arrest without violence.

Bolton's attorney, Frank McDermott, said his client surrendered to St. Petersburg police on Wednesday when a detective said she was going to arrest him on the charges.

"He wants to fight these charges," McDermott said. "He denies these allegations."

McDermott added that law enforcement officials have said the victim has been known to have sex with men for money.

Bolton was convicted in 1993 on 15 counts, including handling and fondling a child younger than 16 and lewd and lascivious acts in the presence of a child younger than 16.

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