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Convicted Sex Offender Who Won Florida Lottery Sued By Victims

A convicted sex offender who won $3-million on a Florida lottery scratch-off ticket in early December is now being sued by two of his alleged victims reports Fox News.

43-year-old Timothy Poole, who plead guilty as part of a plea deal in 1999 for attempted sexual battery on a 9-year-old boy, was sentenced to 13 months time-served and 10-years probation in the case. After failing to attend court-ordered therapy, he was later sentenced to three-years in prison.

The victims, two brothers, were five and nine when the abuse occurred over the period of a year starting in 1996. Poole, a friend of the family, was accused abusing the victims when he lived in their home. A detective wrote in the affidavit that Poole “would sleep in the same bed” as one of the victims and perform sex acts on the child  “He said sometimes Tim would wake him up from sleeping to (perform a sex act).”

Poole has since denied the allegations, saying that he is innocent of the charges: “It may be hard for some to believe, but sometimes people are wrongly accused.”  Since claiming the $2.2-million lump-sum payment and relocated Mineral Springs, West Virginia.

Floyd Snyder, a friend of Poole’s, says this of his friend: “I’ve known him for years and I’ve never seen any inclination of anything like that with him, He’s a very positive person. Very kind. Giving. I think that’s why he won.  It’s Christmastime and the dude deserves a break.”  When asked what Poole planned to do with the windfall, Snyder said he planned to invest it into his mothers Florida cab company where he was working when he won the money.

[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Floyd Snyder” author_title=”Friend of  Timothy Poole”]
He’s going to invest in the business, He’s going to expand

His victims, however feel that Poole should pay up for the pain he has caused. Mark NeJame, Attorney for the boys told News13 that while Poole has indeed paid his debt to society, he still owes the children for the pain he has caused them.

“For those people who say, ‘He paid his price to society. Why are these young men going after him?’ I would say we don’t disagree he paid his price to society by his prison sentence he served, But he never paid his price to these children for what they’ve lost, and that’s what we are addressing.”



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