Viewers voice: sexual predator released after questioning
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CREATED Feb. 28, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - An accused sex offender is set free leaving some Arcadia police officers in hot water and many of you think more should have been done.
Andrea Bryant says an uninvited guest showed up to a party at her Arcadia home and touched her 12 year old niece inappropriately.
"I feel like he preyed upon these girls and he sat back and he watched them," said Bryant.
It turns out the man accused is 45 year old, Larry Fleming, a registered sexual predator considered a high risk and a violent offender by the Department of Corrections with six counts of sexual battery on his record dating as far back as 1988.
Arcadia police questioned and released Fleming for this most recent incident. Now, Police Chief Charles Lee is investigating the officers and had Fleming arrested and charged with battery and lewd and lascivious conduct.
Many viewers are upset the officers let him go.
"For him to have a record of a sex offender and a violent person he should have been handled in the proper way. He should have been put in jail and not let go", said Linda.
Susan from North Fort Myers agreed. "I am appalled but not surprised. Police officers, the sheriff's office, needs to start doing their job and stop giving the criminals all these rights that they're not entitled to", said Susan.
Heather posted on our Facebook page, "This man shouldn't have been in society. The penalty for sexual predators is not enough."
However, Janice thought in part and wrote, "Officers should not be investigated if someone cries wolf."
The police chief says the state attorney's office will likely not prosecute because there's a lack of evidence.