Sitter gets probation for disrobing

Published March 3, 2007

A nanny who removed her clothes for a 4-year-old boy she was babysitting was sentenced this week to probation.

Sarah Slicker, 25, was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition after the boy's mother caught her disrobed in front of the child. Slicker claimed the boy demanded she take off her clothes and she complied because she was emotionally and physically exhausted.

A jury convicted her, and Judge Brandt Downey sentenced her to a year in jail, two years' house arrest and 10 years of probation.

Slicker served her jail time and house arrest before an appeals court ordered her to receive a new trial. The appellate court believed Downey should have allowed testimony about Slicker's mental state from those who knew her.

Slicker pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday and was sentenced to the 10 years of probation, which essentially puts her in the same place she was before the appellate decision, prosecutor Stephanie Bergen said.

Slicker also is designated as a sexual offender. As part of her probation, she must write a letter of apology taking responsibility for her crime within 30 days, Bergen said.  


Official proposes more limits on sex offenders

Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Jim Norman wants to expand residency restrictions for sex offenders to areas with high concentrations of seniors.

With sex offenders banned from living within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds and other places where children congregate, Norman said he fears them being pushed into areas that include other vulnerable residents.

"I'm just trying to apply common sense," Norman said. "This is a segment in the community that needs some degree of protection."

Under Norman's proposal, designated sex offenders would be prohibited of living within 1,000 feet of places that are officially designated as retirement communities and apply for the designation. Examples would include John Knox Village near the University of South Florida, or parts of Sun City Center in southern Hillsborough.


Pedestrian bridge scrapped from resort

Clearwater officials agreed Thursday to let a developer for a major resort remove a pedestrian bridge from the project.

The proposed $2-million walkway would have stretched from the parking garage of the Aqualea Resort and Residences on S Gulfview Boulevard to the beach.

NJR Development Co. was to have built the bridge, but the city would have reimbursed it.

The garage has been reconfigured, and the bridge is no longer needed, city officials said. Instead, a pedestrian crossing will take its place.

In addition to condos and condo-hotel units, the Aqualea will include a parking garage with 750 spaces, including 400 available for public use.


Residents express concern for springs

Residents packed the City Council chambers Thursday to express concerns about proposed development on Three Sisters Springs.

More than 300 single- and multi-family units are slated for construction on Crystal River's most coveted piece of undeveloped waterfront.

Kurt Woerner, the city's director of planning and community development, said he understands that residents have environmental concerns. But he added that owners have the right to develop the property.

"If it complies" with zoning and the comprehensive plan, "it will go through," he said.

Plans include 69 single-family units on the waterfront and townhomes abutting Kings Bay Drive and Cutler Spur.

The city hopes to apply for a state grant to buy land immediately surrounding the springs.


Fisherman's body found off Anclote Key

Michael Carlo, 57, a retired Marine, an experienced mechanic and a father of three, was expected home around 4 p.m. Thursday after a day of fishing off Anclote Key.

He never made it.

Around 10 p.m., his wife Janice called the Coast Guard. A search party involving several agencies began combing the waters. A helicopter took to the air. Through the night and into the morning, they found nothing.

Then at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted Carlo's 13-foot Boston Whaler capsized in the waters east of Honeymoon Island.

About 40 minutes later, the helicopter crew found Carlo's body. It was 6 miles away, north of Anclote Key.

An autopsy will be performed, and the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct an investigation.


Pasco patrol deputies reject contract offer

Sheriff Bob White's patrol deputies and their supervisors rejected his contract offer Friday night.

The combined vote was 168-3, union negotiator Paul Noeske said.

If White doesn't sweeten the deal within a week or so, the deputies may use billboards and signs to publicize their displeasure.

Their demands include professional arbitrators for disciplinary hearings, pre-Medicare health insurance for retirees and the right to use work mailboxes for union messages.

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said he would not comment on the vote until official results come in.


Florida Strawberry Festival

The festival runs through March 11 at 2202 W Reynolds St. in Plant City. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. March 9-11. The midway remains open until midnight. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Reserved concert tickets for headline acts range from $10 to $30. For more information, call (813) 752-9194.