Teen dies after falling off electric skateboard
LAKE ASBURY – A 14-year-old died after falling from an electric skateboard Saturday in the Asbury Plantation subdivision.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the teen wasn’t wearing a helmet when he fell on Plantation Ridge Parkway near Evening Breeze Lane. He died shortly after he was taken to a local hospital.
FHP doesn’t disclose the names of anyone involved in an accident.
Probation revoked after man refuses to wear electronic monitor
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man on probation for capital sexual battery of an 8-year-old girl in 2006 was rearrested on July 27 for violating the terms of his release by not wearing his electronic monitoring device.
Richard Rodriguez, now 71, was arrested in Orange County after the State of Florida Corrections said Rodriguez refused to follow the rules of electronic monitoring, including failing to have the device with him on Feb. 29 for 51 minutes.
According to the original arrest report, the mother of the 8-year-old caught Rodriguez with the child during when he lived in Orange Park.
CCSO: Woman arrested for sending risqué photos to another woman
MIDDLEBURG – A 30-year-old woman was arrested after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said she sent text photos of herself in “various stages of undress” to another woman.
Jennifer Marie Zieber, of Middleburg, was charged with sexually cyberharassing.
According to the arrest report, victim said she suffered emotional distress. Zieber turned herself in after being told she had an outstanding warrant.
Zieber’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Orange Park man pleads guilty of getting child porn over internet
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Charles Lelande Boston, 32, pleaded guilty to receiving materials over the internet depicting the sexual abuse of children. Boston faces a minimum mandatory term of five years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison.
Boston was arrested on Aug, 12, 2021, and remains in custody. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
According to the plea agreement, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office conducted an online investigation on a file-sharing network for files containing materials depicting the sexual abuse of children. In January, March, and April 2021, a CCSO detective connected with a computer that had files depicting the sexual abuse of children available online for sharing. Homeland Security Investigations and CCSO later executed a search warrant at the residence associated with that computer and Boston was determined to be the owner of the computer. An examination of Boston’s computer revealed a folder of downloaded files containing approximately 80 files depicting the sexual abuse of children.
This case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Washington.
Middleburg man gets 20 years for making sexual images of child
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Harold Clare Potter III, 49, to 20 years and six months in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for using a minor to produce sexually explicit images.
Potter pleaded guilty on April 25, 2022. Potter was arrested on Oct. 1, 2021, and has been detained throughout the proceedings in this case.
According to court documents, an officer with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to allegations of a minor being videotaped while showering. Minor Victim 1 reported that she had stayed at Potter’s residence from June to July 2021, and, while getting out of the shower, she noticed a black cellphone under the door recording her. When she left the bathroom, Potter told her if she told anyone he would make it look like she was lying. MV1 went to her room and didn’t leave until another adult came home. During the course of her visit, Potter made several remarks to MV1, including “You turn me on. If you knew what you were doing to me you would run away. You turn me on.”
A CCSO officer later responded to Potter’s home in response to a call that he was suicidal. When the officer made contact, Potter admitted to recording MV1 while she was in the bathroom at his home and that “she turns me on.” He admitted to still having the same cellphone, which he had a family member provide to another officer. He also admitted there were child exploitation materials on the phone.
Following additional investigation, including reviewing Potter’s cellphone and speaking with him, images of MV1 were located on Potter’s cellphone. Potter also admitted to placing a smoke detector hidden camera in the bedroom that had exclusively been used by MV1 in an attempt to obtain nude photographs of her.
“Grown men who prey on the vulnerability and innocence of children are the worst kind of human being,” said HSI Jacksonville Assistant Special Agent in Charge K. Jim Phillips. “Through our law enforcement partnerships, we will never rest in our efforts to catch these predators and make our communities safer for our children.”
The case was investigated by the CCSO and Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Washington.
Man pleads guilty of using 9-year-old for child pornography videos
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Garrett Eric Weber, 31 of Green Cove Springs, pleaded guilty to attempting to entice and use a 9-year-old child to produce videos of the child being sexually abused. Weber faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to 30 years, in federal prison and a potential lifetime term of supervised release. Weber was arrested on a federal warrant by the Green Cove Springs Police Department during a traffic stop on July 5, 2021, and he has been detained since that time. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
According to court documents, in 2020, Weber, using the name “BUBBLESXD_90,” uploaded an image depicting the sexual abuse of a child to a chat group on a popular social media app. This upload was eventually detected by law enforcement officers in Wisconsin.
Further investigation by the FBI ultimately resulted in the identification of Weber. In March 2021, an undercover FBI agent, posing as the parent of a young child, engaged in online conversation with Weber using the app. After some discussion and being told that the “child” was 9 years old, Weber offered to serve as the “child’s” trainer by engaging in sexual activity with the “child.” He requested that the “parent” take an explicit photo of the “child” for him and provided specific instructions on how to accomplish it. Weber advised that he wanted the “parent” to film him as he sexually abused the “child,” and that the resulting recording “would be the best [child pornography] vid ever.” Weber sent the “parent” several videos over the internet that depicted the sexual abuse of young children to demonstrate exactly how he planned to molest the “child.”
After his arrest, Weber admitted to FBI agents that he was in fact “BUBBLESXD_90,” that he had engaged in “extremely descriptive” and “horrible” online conversations with the “child’s” parent, and that he had distributed videos of very young children being sexually abused using the internet. Weber acknowledged that the “[e]vidence is staggeringly harsh against [him]” in this case.
This case was investigated by the Green Cove Springs Police Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Winnebago County (Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Office, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Milwaukee and Jacksonville, with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Rodney Brown.