Sexual Predator Charged With Victimizing 13-Year-Old Boy

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UPDATED 2.2.10:43 pm by Heather Biance

A 64-year-old Tallahassee man with a lengthy rap sheet is now behind bars after being accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

1714 Pepper Drive may look abandoned from the street, with no signs that three sexual predators call this place "home."

And as of January 22nd, one of the three is in trouble with the law after dragging a 13-year-old neighborhood boy into his backyard and into *this* shed.

That's where Sharyon Sanders is accused of performing sexual acts on the victim and attempting to force him to reciprocate.

"Everybody was a kid once. They shouldn't have their innocence taken like that. That shouldn't be his decision. So it's really just shocking. Nobody saw it coming," says Clayton Treis, who lives a few houses down from Sanders' house.

The boy says he frequently rode his bike down Pepper Drive, when one day he met and befriended the seemingly friendly older man.

Little did he know, a darker side lingered beneath the sweets and conversation Sanders offered.

"It really makes me mad more than anything. And I tell you, if it had been my child, I just don't know, I just don't know," says a neighbor.

There are 57 known sexual offenders and predators registered within just a one mile radius of where this incident occurred.

Two of those predators, Timothy Oswalt and Ricky Bruce are Sanders' roommates.

Something that folks in this neighborhood find disturbing to hear and a wake up call for their own family.

Department of Corrections officials say Sanders' probation officer made contact with him at his home just one day before the incident occurred.

Police are encouraging everyone to sign up to receive email alerts from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's website, which will notify you when a sex offender moves into your neighborhood.

Sanders is a registered sexual predator who has been in and out of prison in Florida since 1982.

He's got a rap sheet that also includes robbery, burglary, assault and grand theft.

He was just released from Wakulla CI in June of 2009 after serving time for attempted sexually battery on a child under 12.

He served about 5 years of 8 year sentence and was still on probation for it when he was arrested.

UPDATED 2.2.10 2:50pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man arrested for sexually assaulting a 13 year old boy is a registered sexual predator with a lengthy criminal record.

Department of Corrections records show Sanders has been in and out of prison in Florida since 1982. He's got a rap sheet that includes robbery, burglary, assault and grand theft.

Sanders was released from the Wakulla C-I in June of 2009 after serving time for attempted sexually battery on a child under 12. DOC records show he served more than 5 years of an 8 year sentence and was still on probation for it when he was arrested.

Sanders was sent to prison in November 2003 for attempted sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12. That crime occurred in Lake County. He was also accused of trying to intimidate the witness in that case.

His other crimes occurred in Manatee, Seminole and Citrus counties.

Tallahassee Police Department Press Release:

On Friday, January 29, 2010 at approximately 5:30PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a reported lewd and lascivious crime. Upon arrival officers discovered that 64-year-old convicted sexual predator Sharyon Sanders, befriended a local Tallahassee boy. Sanders is accused of attacking the boy (The victim’s name will not be released under Florida law) on January 22, 2010. Sanders is said to have grabbed the boy and pulled him to a nearby shed; where the boy was sexually battered.

The boy explained to officers that after the attack Sanders threatened to harm him if he told anyone about the sexual battery. The mother of the boy located pornographic material in the boy’s room and confronted him about the material. After an argument the boy eventually confided in his mother that Sanders had victimized him.

Investigator Sonya Bush from the Tallahassee Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit obtained a search warrant for Sanders’ home. Evidence located inside the shed, coupled with statements by Sanders, provided investigators with probable cause to arrest Sanders.

Chief Dennis Jones said, “Heinous crimes such as this clearly show that changes throughout the criminal justice system are needed to improve how we protect our children, families, and neighborhoods from sexual predators. I ask that all citizens utilize information available through the Internet, form a neighborhood watch, and simply get involved in order to reduce crime and protect our children.”

Sharyon M. Sanders, W/M, 7/26/45 Charges: Kidnapping, Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor, Sexual Battery Against a Child, and a Sex Offense Against a Child.

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