Sunday, April 24, 2011

Man arrested 120 times

A judge's effort to stop a 67-year-old homeless man's streak of arrests came too late.
Grady Bell, who has been arrested at least 120 times since 1998, was charged with sexual battery and held in lieu of $101,000 bail.
Bell stood before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx on a trespassing charge. In an effort to halt the constant arrests, she ordered him to be held for 24 hours to undergo a mental evaluation.
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Within hours, though, the Delray Beach Police Department came forth with new charges against Bell, this time for sexual battery.
According to the arrest report, police were called to Delray Medical Center, where a 42-year-old woman said she had been drinking with Bell in a parking lot when she passed out drunk.
The woman said she was later awakened by a mutual friend, who said he saw Bell sexually assaulting her, the report stated. When Bell was questioned by the police, he responded, "I probably did that," according to the report.
The charge is one of the most serious lodged against Bell since his first arrest in April 1998, according to Palm Beach County Jail records. Previous charges include trespassing, indecent exposure, simple battery and consuming alcohol in public.

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