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Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator

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At the Florida Lottery headquarters, Timothy Poole, 43, posed for a photo with an oversized check after claiming his $3 million Scratch-Off prize. But when the image hit the Internet, others recognized the 450-pound man as a registered sexual predator.

In 2001, The Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Poole on charges of sexual battery on a 9-year-old boy, records show. Before that, he was arrested in 1991 for stealing almost $20,000 in food stamps from Safeco Inc. of Ocala, where he worked as a guard. 

In all, Poole has been arrested 12 times in Florida on charges ranging from grand theft to forging a check, records show. Poole served three months in prison in 1996 and did a second stint from 2003 to 2006, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

This week, Poole claimed his winnings from the Florida Lottery in a one-time lump-sum payment of $2,219,807.90. He played the Super Millions scratch-off game which costs $20 a ticket. The game offers 12 top prizes of $3 million and, with Poole's winner, five remain, spokeswoman Keri Gero said.

A call to Poole's workplace, Triangle Cabs, was not returned. He did not answer the door of his Mount Dora home where a "No Trespassing" sign was posted on a fence.

The Florida Lottery took down a photo of Poole from its website after learning from media about his past.

"We chose to not draw additional attention to this particular winner," said Shelly Gerteisen, communications manager for the Florida Lottery.

This is not the first time a registered sex offender has struck it rich.

In 2007, a Jensen Beach man arrested for lewd and lascivious or indecent assault upon a child snagged a $14 million lottery jackpot prize.

This year, Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill to prevent registered sex offenders from collecting lottery earnings after a $10 million winner used the money to buy expensive gifts for a new victim, police said.

In Florida, there are no laws that prohibit registered sexual predators from playing the numbers and collecting winnings. The Florida Lottery cannot withhold earnings based on someone's criminal record.

"There are no registration laws that would prevent that, but if that offender was under supervision or on probation there could be additional sanctions imposed by the judge," said Samantha Andrews of the Florida Department of Law enforcement.

Restrictions depend on the nature of the crime, Andrews said. For example, some sexual predators cannot dress up on Halloween because it attracts attention from children, she said. City or county ordinances may also prevent sexual predators from living within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or park.

Poole pleaded guilty in 2002 to sexual battery of two boys.

The incidents occurred in the late 1990s in both Tavares and Orlando, where he sometimes stayed with the boys' parents, according to an Orange County sheriff's report. Poole, then 28, denied the allegations to sheriff's detectives, saying he would never hurt the boys because he felt as if they were his own.

He was sentenced to five years in prison by Circuit Judge Alan S. Apte and was released from state custody in 2006.

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LottoMetro's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
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Posted: December 10, 2014, 5:50 pm - IP Logged

Lady luck doesn't discriminate! LOL

If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

2017: 0% (0 tickets)
P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

    MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

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    December 10, 2004
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    Posted: December 10, 2014, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

    Unless there are some rules saying he must pay his victims whenever he gets money, I guess he's all clear.

      sully16's avatar - sharan
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      Posted: December 10, 2014, 6:23 pm - IP Logged

      He's stacked up a lot of bad Karma, What will his Lottery Curse be?

       HyperBe Happy.

        Wyomissing, PA
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        Posted: December 10, 2014, 6:41 pm - IP Logged

        Unless there are some rules saying he must pay his victims whenever he gets money, I guess he's all clear.

        Not quite. In many states, child abuse sex victims can sue many years, or even decades, later. In PA, from my understanding, such a victim could potentially successfully (as in not being time-barred) file a civil suit up to age 30 (criminal actions up to age 50). Some states allow even more time, plus some states have extended the statue of limitations for filing civil suits. Unlike criminal statue of limitations, such extensions for civil cases can, and often do, apply retroactively. In essence, in many jurisdictions, a child abuse sex offender is potentially civilly liable for life. Yet, murders and others often aren't, but I digress.

        He was very foolish to bring attention to himself, but presumably never considered the civil liability angle, nor the more immediate danger of vigilantes searching him out. Not up on the laws of Florida, but it's possible, with an aggressive, savvy legal team, the victims could be in for a payday too.

        Going forward, it's likely lotteries will add criminal background checks to their jackpot winners screening process, which, currently, often includes checking for back-taxes, unpaid government guaranteed college loans, and child support obligations.

        As for lotteries forfeiting such winnings could open the door for more laws allowing forfeiture for other offenses too - make some players more leery of playing. Lotteries have a lot of competition in many places. Even a seemingly legit forfeiture could too easily be taken out of context with people claiming lottery X is a scam and doesn't pay out winners and to steer clear. Personally, my view is, lotteries should be just that, and not police who wins.

          rcbbuckeye's avatar - Lottery-043.jpg
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          Posted: December 10, 2014, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

          While he committed a heinous crime, he did do the time.

          I'm not sure I want the lottery to be tacking on more penalties that a court didn't hand out. The lottery commission is not a judge or jury.  If he bought a ticket, he has the same chance and right to win as anyone else.

          As far as civil suits from his victims, that's another story.


          A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)


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            Posted: December 10, 2014, 9:27 pm - IP Logged

            I hope the next time I read about this clown is when the headline reads "Lottery Winner/Child Molestor beaten to death"


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              Posted: December 10, 2014, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

              What is "grant theft" ?

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                Posted: December 10, 2014, 11:20 pm - IP Logged

                While he committed a heinous crime, he did do the time.

                I'm not sure I want the lottery to be tacking on more penalties that a court didn't hand out. The lottery commission is not a judge or jury.  If he bought a ticket, he has the same chance and right to win as anyone else.

                As far as civil suits from his victims, that's another story.

                ^This was a very diplomatic response. I agree

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                  savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
                  adelaide sa
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                  Posted: December 10, 2014, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

                  Lady luck doesn't discriminate! LOL

                  lady luck is blindfolded, or is that justice?

                  2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016  = -1171; 2017 = ?  TOT =  -3596

                  keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= -424; 2017 = ? TOT = - 3318

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                    Posted: December 10, 2014, 11:52 pm - IP Logged

                    That's the price sexual predators have to pay- Their mugs are on the internet " For Life". However there seems to be no information as to whether he has kept his nose clean since his release in 2006. Perhaps he has " turned a new leaf" and left the kids alone, one can only hope. Now if he decides to use his newfound wealth to lure children into unlawful acts...count that as " three strikes"- 25 years to life ..absolutely no early parole .Angry

                    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

                      HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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                      Posted: December 11, 2014, 12:56 am - IP Logged

                      lady luck is blindfolded, or is that justice?

                      Apparently she's neither.  Banana

                      So, 18+ human mistake makers and non-mistake makers may win the lottery jackpot of any game.  Yeah, we can all have renewed hope now that we KNOW that this jackpot win wasn't rigged. LOL. 

                      Congratulations to all jackpot winners ... I am looking forward to joining your rare accomplishment soon!

                      Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


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                        Posted: December 11, 2014, 7:42 am - IP Logged

                        ScaredBaby raper + $3M = a very dangerous scary combination Scared.

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                          Posted: December 11, 2014, 7:52 am - IP Logged


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                            Posted: December 11, 2014, 9:43 am - IP Logged

                            450 pounds?

                            A pound of flesh might have been a fitting price to pay.

                            It's not fair to tag a person who has done their time for crimes they committed for life. But it is fair in a world
                            where sex sells and is on people's minds a lot of the time to watch the sexual deviants for life. And before any-
                            one cries, it's not his fault! It is, there are taboos. Anyone knows what's right and what's wrong.

                            $3M will afford this man a lot of good things or bad things.

                            If we see him in the news again for related crimes, we will know his rehabilitation and punishment
                            did nothing for him. I have little faith in a system that puts people on a watch list and requires
                            them to register with police depts. and stay a certain distance away from schools. They'll get what they want
                            no matter what. The punishments do not fit the crimes which is incentive to try and get away with more of the
                            same. IMO, the USA has failed miserably with its criminal justice system. His victims should be awarded the
                            money. But since he's already 'paid his dues' in jail time, there are some that would say move on. BS.

                            I can't imagine what a 9 year old child would carry with him the rest of his life due to a monster of society who
                            used him because he was a coward who had a misplaced sense of power and took advantage of him for his own
                            sick needs.

                            I'd most likely be the one in jail because I'd try everything possible to make sure he never touched a child again.

                            Some countries barbarianism might suit the US just fine - an eye for an eye, etc...removing the offending part
                            would certainly be just in this case. There should be no rights to anything once you've crossed certain lines.

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