Of course he did, cops almost always catch breaks, while the average citizen who does this, gets many years in prison, or on the registry for life.
By AISLING SWIFT
A state prison sergeant charged with exposing himself to two girls as they walked home from school in Immokalee last year has been sentenced to three years of sex-offender probation.
John Andrew Arevalo, 26, formerly of the Hendry Correctional Institution in Immokalee, pleaded no contest Thursday to two counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition.
The second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in a state prison, but Arevalo had no record and was sentenced as part of a plea bargain negotiated by Assistant State Attorney Steve Maresca and defense attorney Richard C. Reinhart.
- So F'ing what! If the average citizen who does the same gets on the registry for life, and time in jail or prison, why does this idiot get a break? If you want to get a way with crimes, move to Florida and become a cop, they have tons of sex offender cops, well, actually cops who have committed sex crimes, but get slapped on the wrist!
“He exposed himself,” Maresca told Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt, pointing out that the girls were ages 12 and 15.
Sex-offender probation involves many restrictions, including not being around children or near schools, day care centers and bus stops.
- But for only three years for him, while the average citizen gets this for life!
“He’s married with a 3 year old,” Reinhart told the judge, adding that the state won’t object to Arevalo being reunited with his daughter once he passes a required evaluation.
Collier County Sheriff’s deputies had asked for the public’s help in finding the man on May 22 after three school children reported a man had exposed himself.
Two girls told investigators that for two weeks they’d noticed a dark blue sport utility vehicle drive by as they walked home from school. Several times, they said, the car stopped in the middle of the road, the man got out, opened the back hatch and stared at them. One time, he showed them his genitals and they ran away.
One girl said she was walking into the Oakhaven apartment complex after school on May 19 when the dark blue SUV pull up in front of her. The same man got out and opened the back hatch, then showed her his genitals. She fled.
- So, he's done this before? Sounds like a true pedophile predator to me, and yet he walks with a slap on the wrist!
Another girl told investigators she was walking home from school on May 21, when a man in a blue SUV stopped in the middle of the road and got out. He reached inside his open pants zipper and grabbed his genitals while looking at her, so she ran away.
She said she’d seen him several times before that past week as she walked home from school. Each time, she said, he would stop the SUV in the middle of the road, get out and open the back hatch while staring at her.
On May 26, a sheriff’s Youth Relations Bureau deputy gave the girls his cell phone number so they could call him if they saw the man again. About five minutes later, at 3:20 p.m., the deputy’s cell phone rang. It was one of the girls calling to say she spotted the dark blue SUV traveling on North 6th Street, near Main Street. She said it was turning around and slowly driving toward her.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of North 6th and Main, where two girls were brought to the SUV and positively identified Arevalo as the man who had been exposing himself.