Rockledge Man Avoids Prison For Assaulting Young Girl

Richard C. Vassallo, 77, will serve 999 years under supervision for molesting a ten year-old girl.

Richard C. Vassallo, 77, will serve 999 years under supervision for molesting a ten year-old girl.

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A Rockledge man will spend the rest of his life on probation for sexually assaulting a ten year-old girl.  Richard C. Vassallo, 77, will serve 999 years on probation according to a sentence handed down by Judge John Earp, August 12, in Viera.

Vassallo was arrested in January 2012 for offenses he committed four years earlier.  The victim said Vassallo fondled her breasts on three occasions and touched her vagina once. Police said the assaults occurred in 2007 and 2008 at Vassallo’s home in Rockledge.  Sheriff’s investigators said Vassallo admitted to the allegations,  before he was charged with four counts of  Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child Under 12.

Prosecutors agreed to drop three counts against Vassallo in exchange for his plea to a single charge. Vassallo could have been sentenced to prison for life on each count filed against him. He will be required to wear an electronic ankle monitor during the first two years of his sentence, and will be listed on the state sex offender registry for life.

According to state records,Vassallo served as Vice President of Cocoa-based, Adrick Marine Group for nine years. The company supplies air control systems for the maritime industry.

Molester: “I Can’t Go To Prison Because I Have Hemorrhoids”

Clifford Cannon Sr. will serve 51 months in prison for a sexual assault on a thirteen year-old girl.

Clifford Cannon Sr. will serve 51 months in prison for a sexual assault on a thirteen year-old girl.

 

 

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A man convicted of molesting a thirteen year-old girl will serve time in prison, despite asking the judge to set him free because he suffers from hemorrhoids.

Clifford Ray Cannon Sr. was sentenced to serve more than four years in prison for fondling a girl in his car, in the parking lot of a Palm Bay shopping center, in 2012.

The abuse was reported to police in May 2014 – nearly two years after the offense was committed. A therapist, who treated Cannon’s victim after a suicide attempt, notified authorities that the teen had disclosed the abuse.  The girl said Cannon fondled her breasts and buttocks in the back seat of his vehicle, after providing her with beer.

Sheriff’s investigators said the 77 year-old maintenance worker corroborated the child’s statement in an  interview prior to his arrest.  Nevertheless, Cannon entered a plea of “Not Guilty” and went to trial before a jury in May of this year.  He was found guilty of a single charge of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation.  Court records indicate Cannon rejected a plea offer extended by prosecutors prior to trial.

During the sentencing phase, on June 3rd, Cannon’s attorney asked Judge Jeffrey Mahl to depart from state guidelines which call for time in prison.  He told the court that Cannon should be excused from incarceration as he suffered from high blood pressure and hemorrhoids.  Cannon’s wife and son also took the stand and pled for leniency.

Judge Mahl denied the request and sentenced Cannon to serve fifty-one months in prison, followed by ten years of probation. Cannon, who will be age 82 when he is released, will be registered as a sex offender for life.  He will be required to wear an electronic ankle monitor during his post-incarceration supervision.

Court Monitors with Protect Our Children were on hand for the sentencing June 24th in Viera.

Titusville Man To Serve Thirty Three Years For Amassing Hoard Of Kiddie Porn

Anthony David Mister, 42, was found in posession of 410 images of child pornography

Police say Anthony David Mister, 42, was found in possession of 410 images of child pornography

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Anthony Mister’s daughter sat on the steps of the Titusville Historic Courthouse and sobbed.  Upstairs, her father was being led from Judge Robin Lemonidis’ courtroom to begin serving more than three decades behind bars.

Mister was arrested by Titusville Police in April 2013 after two USB storage devices were found in the office of a local gas station.  The manager of the business alerted police after finding kiddie porn on the drives.  When detectives questioned the employees, Mister admitted the drives belonged to him.  He said he had been using the station’s computer to access the images while working at night.

Mister told investigators he had been viewing child sex material for about 20 years, and said his preference had turned to younger children in recent years.  He said he had been cruising North Brevard in his vehicle looking for young girls, but had not lured any children to his car.  The father of four said he had been detained by police in Davey, Florida on suspicion of peeping in his neighbor’s window. However, no charges were filed in the incident which took place prior to relocating to Titusville.

Investigators reported finding more than 430 videos and still pictures depicting children in sexual poses or engaged in sexual activity. They said some of the children appeared to be under age five.

Sex therapist Dr Duncan Bowen took the stand to testify about his evaluation of the defendant.  Bowen said Mister had a documented history of psychiatric problems and had been treated for depression on multiple occasions.  He said he considered Mister to have a “dual diagnosis”, requiring treatment for depression as well as sexual compulsion.  Bowen said Mister claimed to have attempted suicide three times during his teen years, and described being raised by parents who led a sexually promiscuous lifestyle.

Prosecutors agreed to drop 308 counts against Mister in exchange for his “No Contest” plea to the remaining 102 charges.

Judge Robin Lemonidis sentenced Mister to serve 33 years in prison followed by 30 years of probation. Noting that he seemed to pose an extraordinary danger to the community, Lemonidis said his behavior showed signs of escalation and feared he was moving from viewing images to physically accessing children.

“I am doing this,” she said, “…to protect you from yourself”.

Volunteers with Protect Our Children were on hand for the sentencing March 30th in Titusville.

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Self-Proclaimed Child Protector Sent To Slammer

Melvin Adams, 70, travelled to Brevard to have sex with a 14 year-old boy.
Melvin Adams Jr, 70, traveled to Brevard to have sex with a 14 year-old boy.  Instead, he met agents with the Brevard County Sheriffs Office.

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A Fort Pierce man will spend nearly two years in jail for driving to Brevard for a sex romp with a minor.  Melvin Adams Jr, 70, was one of eleven men arrested in a 2013 internet sting operation conducted by Brevard County Sheriffs.

Judge Charles Roberts swept aside the defense attorney’s appeal for leniency, and sentenced Adams according to state guidelines.

Speaking at the sentencing hearing Friday, in Viera,  Adams told the judge his life had been devastated by the arrest. He explained that he was playing along with the scheme in order to locate the victim and rescue him.

Adams said, in the past, he worked at a housing facility and often came in contact with youths who were prostituting themselves. On occasion, he would take a personal interest in them, try to find out where they lived, and attempt to help them. He said he drove to Brevard because he was concerned for the well-being of the fourteen year-old who was apparently being trafficked by his older brother:  “…I thought I was trying to keep some kid from getting raped”,  he said.

Prosecutors said Adams was explicit about the sex acts he wanted to perform on the teen, and incriminated himself in several emails, as well as a phone conversation secretly recorded by investigators.  They said Adams repeatedly asked the adult if he was a member of law enforcement.

Brevard Sheriffs arrested Adams during an internet decoy effort called “Operation Sand Spider.  Working with members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, agents placed ads in Craigslist and other social media sites, posing as adults seeking sex with other adults.  While chatting privately with the respondents, the decoy officer would offer sex with a fourteen year-old.  Interested parties were invited to a rental house in Rockledge, where deputies would spring their trap.  The week-long operation was concluded July 25th 2013.

Adams will serve twenty-one months in jail, followed by ten years of probation.  He will be registered as a sex offender for life.  Court Monitors with Protect Our Children were in attendance January 23, at the Moore Justice Center in Viera.