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Should registered sex offenders be allowed to keep lottery winnings?

Last month, Timothy Poole of Mount Dora, Florida, won nearly $3 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket purchased at a 7-Eleven. Like most jackpot winners, he was given a giant check and got his picture taken by the state lottery.

But that picture may have gained the ex-cab driver a lot more publicity than he ever wanted. Soon after Poole cashed in a lump sum of over $2.2 million dollars (after taxes), his picture was recognized and his past came back to haunt him. Poole is a registered sexual offender: After being arrested in 1999 in the wake of alleged sexual battery of a 9-year-old boy, he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery of a minor under 12.

“He was accused of heinous and horrible sex acts with a child,” said Orlando, Florida, attorney Mark NeJame, who is representing two brothers who say Poole sexually assaulted them in 1996. They have now filed a lawsuit against Poole for psychological damages and are asking for a share of his newfound winnings.  Full Article

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  1. David

    What about convicted drug dealers? Or D.U.I. drivers? Or domestic violence perpetrators? Oh no, the vigilante-attorneys and lawmakers only get worked up when it involves an RSO and they see an opportunity for moneymaking or free press coverage.

  2. Bluewall

    Seriously… the only crime in the US that bans you from wasting your money on the lottery? O.o

  3. Robert Curtis

    This is a slam dunk for the courts to rule against.

  4. Q

    Under the Nuremberg laws the enlightened race,the Nazi’s, all subhuman groups were banned from even playing the lottery; let alone keep their winnings.

  5. Timmr

    I never heard of restitution being a blank check with the amount written in after the sentencing. What’s next, taking the profits of someone who successfully plays the stock market or becomes successful in business?

    • Joe

      The way I understand this story is that the plaintiffs suing for the lottery money are NOT the victim from his conviction which resulted in the registration status.

      The plaintiffs here are ALLEGING abuse from way back when. He was never charged with, let alone convicted of, abusing them.

      They feel strongly enough to participate in this money grab but not in criminal prosecution (which he totally deserves if he truly abused them).

      With a lawyer hired on a contingency basis they have nothing to lose and a bundle to gain. Strange place this country has become…

  6. USA

    So, let me get this straight. Does this just apply to child related offenses?

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