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JUDGE: Florida sex offender allowed to spend $3M lottery winnings

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A convicted sex offender can spend his $3 million Florida lottery winnings any way he wants, over the protestations of two of his alleged victims, a judge ruled Friday.

Timothy Poole won the Florida Super Millions scratch-off lottery in December, taking home a lump sum of $2.2 million.  (See Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator, Lottery Post, Dec. 10, 2014.)

Two brothers are suing Poole for psychological damages after they say he abused them when they were 5 and 9 years old in 1996.

The unidentified brothers asked the court to freeze Poole's assets before their lawsuit goes to trial so the Mount Dora native would not spend all of his winnings.

Orange County Judge Margaret Schrieber denied their request Friday morning because there is no Florida law allowing her to freeze his assets, according to WFTV.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs are working with lawmakers to change that fact, attorney Mark NeJame said.

After speaking with NeJame, Florida Sen. Darren Soto plans to propose a bill next week that would freeze the assets of convicted sex offenders who win the lottery — allowing alleged victims a year to sue them for damages.

Jason Recksiedler, another lawyer for the plaintiffs, told the Orlando Sentinel that the brothers were not surprised by the judge's ruling.

The alleged victims are less concerned about getting money than about finally getting justice, he said.

"They're just thinking about trying to hold this sexual predator responsible," Recksiedler said.

Poole spent 13 months in jail for molesting a 9-year-old boy in 1999. He was later freed and placed on sex offender probation for 10 years after accepting a plea deal.

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Posted: February 15, 2015, 11:06 am - IP Logged

Now that's the kind of advertising the FL lottery needs...

Bet they would have advised him to claim anonymously if they could...

Puts a whole new twist on how your winnings help the common school fund AND sexual predators 

Puke

-RC

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    Posted: February 15, 2015, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

    Disgusting. No wonder Florida is a haven for sex offenders--the laws are on their side!

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      Posted: February 15, 2015, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

      How can you prevent a child molester from purchasing lottery tickets?  They cannot be rehabilitated.  Some of them have used lottery winnings to entice new victims. 

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        Posted: February 15, 2015, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

        "The alleged victims are less concerned about getting money than about finally getting justice, he said."

        If these alleged victims were so concerned about justice instead of money why didn't they sue before he won a lottery, it's the people who he was convicted of offending who should be suing.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning one * 
           
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          Posted: February 15, 2015, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

          How can you prevent a child molester from purchasing lottery tickets?  They cannot be rehabilitated.  Some of them have used lottery winnings to entice new victims. 

          That's right--they can't be rehabilitated. Therefore, they should remain in prison for life. They can't buy lottery tickets from prison!

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            Posted: February 15, 2015, 12:55 pm - IP Logged

            Now that's the kind of advertising the FL lottery needs...

            Bet they would have advised him to claim anonymously if they could...

            Puts a whole new twist on how your winnings help the common school fund AND sexual predators 

            Puke

            Hey I think this is the very best advertising for the lottery...Anyone and I do mean anyone can win.  Everyone who wins isnt going to be poor with 5 kids and just recently unemployed with medical problems....sometimes its going to be someone not so perfect or that we do not like, but that is what keeps the lottery playable. Anyone including degenerates can win

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              Posted: February 15, 2015, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

              The outrage is understandable, but holding a convicted sex offenders accountable for life seems a bad idea. More to the point, will there be a similar proposed law for convicted murderers?  Presumably not.

              Already with lifetime sex offender registries and onerous restrictions, it seems logical for some sex offenders to ponder whether killing their victims is the better route; more upside than downside - sentences for murder, especially with a plea agreement, could easily be less, and no registries and other restrictions to deal with after serving sentence.

              It's a tough dilemma - if sex offenders are going to be held accountable for life, then it seems to me the government should either imprison them for life / execute -or- alternatively, post-release, provide for their welfare in a remote area devoid of children on the government's dime.

              As for this particular winner, in my view, their best option, keeping in mind this is a civil matter verses a criminal one, is move out of the U.S. (maybe even relinquish U.S. citizenship, though that's difficult and comes with many issues) while they still can, get a face-lift / change their name, and live on the down-low in another country.

              An easier option, though less ideal due to the stigma of being a sex offender, is for him to put as much funds as legally permissible into retirement accounts - many jurisdictions exclude such accounts from judgements. And spend the rest and/or invest much in various assets that are difficult to attach / locate.

              Going forward, if such laws pass in many jurisdictions, lotteries will be required to do criminal background checks, and maybe even credit checks too, on winners. A sizable proportion of lottery players have criminal records / outstanding judgements against them. Over the many years of playing the lottery, I've talked with some players who only play Pick-3, Pick-4, and low denomination instant games to stay under the radar; selling their winners for a fraction of their value for cash.

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                Posted: February 15, 2015, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

                I do see your point Shelby Mustang.

                I also think this is a rare case where neither parties are benefiting from the publicity... kinda interesting actually as it usually is one sided.

                The FL lottery just lined the pockets of a convicted pedophile.

                And... those that played for that particular drawing helped whether they like it or not.

                Most of us losers at least take some solace knowing our losses are going to a "supposedly" good cause.

                I wouldn't characterize this case as the "very best of lottery advertising"...

                -RC

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                  Posted: February 15, 2015, 1:16 pm - IP Logged

                  NeJame is a monster lawyer, he spent his money well at least on a good attorney, bet that cost him a pretty penny. He should absolutely be allowed to spend his money, they had their whole lives to sue him and get a judgment, they should have done so, always assume that someone could come into money one day. Give them $100,000 a piece and send them on their way. Judging by the type of man he seems to be, karma will probably catch up to him one day anyway. If they think they are entitled to all the money he won, they are sadly mistaken and very delusional and downright greedy. 

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                    "The alleged victims are less concerned about getting money than about finally getting justice, he said."

                    If these alleged victims were so concerned about justice instead of money why didn't they sue before he won a lottery, it's the people who he was convicted of offending who should be suing.

                    After speaking with NeJame, Florida Sen. Darren Soto plans to propose a bill next week that would freeze the assets of convicted sex offenders who win the lottery — allowing alleged victims a year to sue them for damages.

                    They could propose a bill to freeze the assets and all future earnings of any convicted felon based on any allegation or they could simply propose a bill that freezes the assets of any lottery winner to give anyone a chance to allege anything against the winner.

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                      Posted: February 15, 2015, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

                      Remember the gardeners from long island NY they pooled their money for lotto, entrusted the supervisor with the tickets. They win, supervisor cashes then claims it was all his own.they sue , judge rules supervisor must share the wealth. Guess what money now gone all spent. Can't get blood from a stone.

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                        Posted: February 15, 2015, 1:47 pm - IP Logged

                        After speaking with NeJame, Florida Sen. Darren Soto plans to propose a bill next week that would freeze the assets of convicted sex offenders who win the lottery — allowing alleged victims a year to sue them for damages.

                        They could propose a bill to freeze the assets and all future earnings of any convicted felon based on any allegation or they could simply propose a bill that freezes the assets of any lottery winner to give anyone a chance to allege anything against the winner.

                        It's not uncommon for lottery winners to have all kinds of allegations made against them.  Jealous co workers, friends, ex-friends, relatives and neighbors who allege they promised to share if they ever won.  I can see checking to see if winners owe back taxes or child support but saying they all have to wait a year to give every Dick and Jane a chance to make allegations against them doesn't fly.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning one * 
                           
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                          "The alleged victims are less concerned about getting money than about finally getting justice, he said."

                          If these alleged victims were so concerned about justice instead of money why didn't they sue before he won a lottery, it's the people who he was convicted of offending who should be suing.

                          I Agree!.. l surmise that  *they ( victims & attorneys) figured out that if victims could go after Rogue pedophile Priests who were guilty of the same horrible acts decades ago- why not pedophile lottery winners today?

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

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                            Posted: February 15, 2015, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

                            After speaking with NeJame, Florida Sen. Darren Soto plans to propose a bill next week that would freeze the assets of convicted sex offenders who win the lottery — allowing alleged victims a year to sue them for damages.

                            They could propose a bill to freeze the assets and all future earnings of any convicted felon based on any allegation or they could simply propose a bill that freezes the assets of any lottery winner to give anyone a chance to allege anything against the winner.

                            or they could simply propose a bill that freezes the assets of any lottery winner to give anyone a chance to allege anything against the winner." -  ***That's a slippery slope statement right there Stack. The court system will be backed up for years if that came to pass.

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