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