Orlando Sentinel- At the Florida Lottery headquarters, Timothy Poole, 43, posed for a photo with an oversized check after claiming his $3 million Scratch-Off prize. But when the image hit the Internet, others recognized the 450-pound man as a registered sexual predator.
In 2001, the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Poole on charges of sexual battery on a victim under 12, records show. Before that, he was arrested in 1991 for stealing almost $20,000 in food stamps from Safeco Inc. of Ocala, where he worked as a guard.
In all, Poole has been arrested 12 times in Florida on charges ranging from grand theft to forging a check, records show. Poole served three months in prison in 1996 and did a second stint from 2003 to 2006, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Well, this looks like a big L for religion. God must have fallen asleep at the wheel on this one. Must have had one too many drinks the night before. Maybe napped through his alarm and missed the lottery drawing? Or maybe God does just work in mysterious ways. That's a saying, right? It's in one of those Psalms or something. I don't know, google it, it's there somewhere.
Sure, it doesn't look too just to see this big 'ole kiddie touching perv standing up there with a check that could easily finance the rest of his life. I mean, given the eye test, he doesn't look too high maintenance. Probably have to go on a major spending spree to blow this kind of money. However, the biggest concern with sexual predators is their proclivity to repeat those same horrific acts. What better way to occupy the time of a sexual predator then by giving him more money than he could possibly imagine? Well, prison I guess, but looks like the justice system screwed the pooch on that. It would seem like a much easier decision to touch a twelve year old when you have, quite literally, nothing to live for. Put a couple million in his pocket and I bet he will work his way around his sickness. Hell, he could hire a live-in midget prostitute and make he/she talk like a baby to him with that kind of money.
How exactly does someone get arrested 12 times? I don't blame him for playing the lottery. Can't imagine it's easy to find a job with that rap sheet. Isn't there a point of no return? Ten arrests and we just take you out behind the barn and shoot you in the back of the head? If we are dumb enough to let this man walk freely amongst society then we certainly can't take away his freedom to play a couple scratch-offs. That blood is on our hands. This fat bastard was lucky enough to be free after committing a DOZEN crimes, it was only a matter of time before he won the lottery. Must have the luckiest rabbit's foot of all time.
P.S. Pretty smart of him to take it in one lump sum. You know everyone and their mother would be looking for a way to cut off those annual payments.