04-29-2010, 02:29 PM #1Former Member
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FL - Pedophile Who Impregnated 12-year-old Leaves Own Rape Trial, Now On The Loose
Man leaves own rape trial, now on the loose
Reported by: Jeff Butera
Last Update: 1:22 pm
John Jerome Speights Jr
TAMPA, FL -- On Wednesday, a jury convicted John Jerome Speights, 45, of sexual battery. He was accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl and impregnating her.
But instead of being headed for jail on Wednesday night, he was on the loose.
Speights had been free on $60,000 bond since 2008. According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon, once Speights posted bond, it is his responsibility to attend all court proceedings.
Up until Wednesday, he had. But at the trial on Wednesday, Speights conferred with his attorney and then was told the judge had other court matters to attend to before his trial, McKinnon said.
Speights was told to wait outside. When someone went to go get him for the trial, he was nowhere to be found.
"During that time, I guess he got cold feet and decided he did not want to participate in his own trial, so he left," McKinnon said.
The trial was held without him and Speights was convicted of sexual battery and other charges. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest.
According to McKinnon, when a person has been released on bond, it is not the responsibility of the bailiffs to monitor them when they are in court. They are allowed to go as they please, although they have been entrusted to show up for all court matters.
"The bailiff's responsibility is to monitor the proceedings of the court and not to guard or supervise those out on bond. That's why they're out on bond," McKinnon said.
Tampa Police are looking for Speights. If you know where he is, call the Tampa Police Department.
Last edited by Salem; 04-29-2010 at 09:38 PM.
04-29-2010, 02:38 PM #2Former Member
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if he wasnt out on cheap bond it never would have happened.
04-29-2010, 03:19 PM #3
Police Seek Tampa Man Who Fathered Teen Relative's Baby
Published: August 12, 2008
John Speights Jr.
TAMPA - Police are looking for a man they say fathered a 13-year-old family member's child.
Police say John Jerome Speights Jr.,43, also known as "Poppa Love" and "Pop," is the father of the victim's 8-month-old boy.
There is a warrant for Speight's arrest on 10 counts of sexual battery of a child, 10 counts of lewd or lascivious battery, incest and impregnation of a child.
Had to post this for the nickname. Also, this was apparently 2008. Going to go and see if they ever found him.
ETA: This must have been before his original arrest.
Last edited by Belinda; 04-29-2010 at 03:21 PM.
04-29-2010, 03:27 PM #4
"Poppa Love" skips out on incest rape trial, convicted anyway
By Alexandra Zayas, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, April 29, 2010
TAMPA — John J. Speights Jr. asked to use the bathroom Wednesday and never came back, fleeing a courtroom minutes before he was to stand trial in the incest rape and impregnation of a 13-year-old girl.
The trial went on without him. By afternoon's end, Tampa police were chasing a convicted rapist — because the girl, now 16, took the witness stand and said all the things he told her not to say.
The 45-year-old longtime felon goes by "Poppa Love" and has been arrested 28 times in Florida on charges from battery to bigamy to aggravated assault, domestic violence and cruelty to a child.
Much more at link.
BBM - Exactly why was this guy given any bail at all? You have got to be kidding me. This is outrageous.
04-29-2010, 04:53 PM #5
04-29-2010, 05:06 PM #6
Been arrested 28 times in Florida and he was able to walk away from a trial?????
He should have been locked up years ago with the key thrown away.
WTH is wrong with this picture?????
04-29-2010, 05:55 PM #7Former Member
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Why is hurting children an acceptable crime in our country? The way the laws are so soft, that's the message I get each an every time I realize there's yet another SO among us, living freely.
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