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Date of Issue: April 26, 2007

Not guilty plea entered in sex case

A Holmes Beach man has pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding, abusing and molesting a teenage runaway.

Jack Allen Pollock, 19, represented by assistant public defender Laurence Eger, also demanded a jury trial in the case stemming from an arrest on the Island on April 3.

A probable cause affidavit states that Pollock, 19, was arrested at about 10:55 a.m. April 3 for engaging in sexual activity with a runaway girl in a wooded area near Beach Avenue in Anna Maria.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Cherry went to the area with the girl’s mother and another woman to look for the girl.

"We walked into the wooded area northbound from the west end of Beach Avenue," Cherry wrote in a report for the sheriff’s office.

The report stated that Cherry observed Pollock and the girl engaged in sexual activity, so Pollock was handcuffed and taken to the Holmes Beach Police Department.

A probable cause affidavit filed at the Manatee County Courthouse stated the girl had run away from home on March 30, returned home on April 2, and then ran off again on April 3.

On April 3, the girl’s mother reported her missing to the sheriff’s office, leading to Cherry’s search in the woods.

The affidavit, completed by T.K. Graves, a detective with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, stated that the evidence of child abuse were nine bite marks on the girl, including a mark on her stomach in which the skin was punctured.

"The bites were photographed by myself and crime scene as evidence of the severity of the bruising caused by the bites and the broken skin, consistent with those seen in many abuse cases as intentional infliction of physical injury," Graves wrote.

He also wrote that the girl said "the first bite caught her off guard but she and Jack were playing a game. Jack said that it was good fun, nothing sexual or dominating, just a game. Yet Jack had no bites on him."

Graves said the girl told authorities that she ran away, went to Pollock’s window and told him where she was staying in the woods.

The girl also said Pollock told her she should go home, but that he brought her food in the woods. "He knowingly was aiding her and not disclosing her whereabouts to her mother or law enforcement," Graves wrote.

Pollock was charged with two felonies, lewd or lascivious battery on a victim under 16 and child abuse. He was also charged with a misdemeanor, aiding a minor runaway, according to records at the Manatee County Courthouse.

His arraignment in the case is set for May 18.

Pollock also is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing and a non-jury trial this week on charges involving another girl who ran away from home. The hearing was scheduled for Monday, April 23, and the trial for Friday, April 27.

Pollock was charged in December 2006 with two first-degree misdemeanors - aiding an unmarried runaway and contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child.

Two relatives - Charles Pollock and Sandra Pollock - are facing misdemeanor charges of aiding an unmarried runaway and contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child.

Court records in the case allege that the offenses occurred on Sept. 15, 2006.

Charles Pollock, according to a probable cause affidavit, "made a spontaneous utterance that the minor child had been at his home three days. He also admitted same post-Miranda."

The document also stated that Jack Pollock "had the minor child ... hidden in his room. He also admitted post-Miranda that [the girl] had been in the home for three days and knew personally [the girl] had run away from home."

In both cases, the girls involved were characterized by authorities as Jack Pollock’s girlfriends.

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