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Crime journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 6, 2008


TAMPA

Jury convicts Dover man, 55, of lewd act 

A jury Wednesday convicted Lwane Mansell, 55, of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl and trying to pay her to allow him to do it again. He faces up to 35 years in prison at his sentencing today. The Dover man has been accused seven times of sexual crimes. But four times since 1990, charges have been dropped because witnesses were too young to testify, couldn't be located or refused to cooperate. Mansell served probation in the 1970s for a lewd and lascivious act. A capital sexual battery charge is pending. Prosecutors say he preys on poor and immigrant children, earning their trust by calling himself a pastor.

Man accused of child abuse, neglect

On the evening of Feb. 21, a 2-year-old boy suffered head and eye injuries, including massive swelling. Authorities determined that Christopher Todd Pullie, 23, was the only adult watching the child at the time of the incident. According to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office, Pullie said that while playing, he threw the boy in the air and the boy's head hit the blade of a fan, after which he fell and hit his head again - this time on a coffee table. In addition, the boy said Pullie hit him on the head with a foam T-ball bat with a hard plastic core. Pullie, of 4115 Chatham Oak St. in the Carrollwood area, was charged with child neglect and aggravated child abuse. He was held Thursday in lieu of $32,500 bail.

LARGO

Man sentenced for robbing ill cabbie

A man charged with the violent robbery of a cabdriver with cancer last year has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Charles E. Warner, 26, pleaded no contest this week to charges of attempted murder, robbery and cocaine possession. His accomplice, Coy Biggerstaff, 22, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and robbery charges in October and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. St. Petersburg police said the pair robbed cab driver Dwayne Eagan, 37, on June 5 in the area of 22nd Avenue and Seventh Street S. Eagan was giving the pair a ride when one of them put a knife to his throat and demanded cash. Eagan fought the robbers, resulting in numerous cuts to his face and neck. The robbers got away with some cash but were arrested later that day. Eagan, who had nasal pharyngeal cancer, died in hospice care in November.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Parent charged with fighting officer

Carolyn DeBouter got into a fight at school Tuesday that landed her in jail. What is noteworthy about that is that DeBouter is 42, the parent of a student at River Ridge High, and the person she tangled with is a Pasco sheriff's deputy. According to her arrest report, DeBouter was drunk when she drove to the school about 2:30 p.m. The school resource officer noticed this and tried to stop her from driving. He asked for her keys and she shut the door on his arm, the report says. He then took her keys, and she grabbed his uniform shirt and tore his whistle from the chain around his neck, the report says. DeBouter of 9329 Nile Drive was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony. She was released Wednesday after posting $5,000 bail.