GPD: Exhibitionist was unregistered sex offender

Police say the registered S.C. offender was not registered in Florida.


Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:52 p.m.

Police allege that a man who is wanted for exposing himself to a teenager at a local library in June is a registered sex offender from South Carolina.

The suspect, Tony R. Robinson, 49, was staying in Gainesville but reportedly had failed to register his address as required by law.

A sworn complaint was being filed against Robinson in connection with a report that a man was seen masturbating at the Headquarters Library downtown June 20, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

A 16-year-old girl was getting a book from the library, at 401 E. University Ave., when she saw the man masturbating, police reported earlier in June.

Detective Nick Ferrara said officers received tips that the man was Robinson.

People recognized him as someone who had been staying at the area homeless camp known as Tent City and also had frequented the St. Francis House, which helps homeless people.

Registered sex offenders in Florida are required to notify officials of their address or any changes to it.

Robinson is listed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as having a Jacksonville address, but he apparently had been staying in Gainesville since last year, Ferrara said. A warrant filed out of Duval County also is pending against Robinson for allegedly failing to register his address with authorities.

Robinson may no longer be in the area. Police were told he hadn't been seen in a while and could be heading back to South Carolina.

In 2005, Robinson was convicted of indecent exposure in South Carolina, according to the FDLE.

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