3 convicted of sex crimes within week


Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.

Three men in separate cases were convicted in Alachua County on Friday of sex crimes.

State Attorney’s Office spokesman Darry Lloyd said it is unusual to have so many convictions for such crimes in a week and credited the work of the prosecutors in the unit dealing with women and families for the guilty verdicts.

“They did a great job on these cases, which can sometimes be difficult,” Lloyd said.

Demarquarius Truitt, 24, was arrested in July by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in the Operation Tailspin sting on charges of using a computer to solicit a child, traveling to meet a child after using a computer and using a two-way device to facilitate a felony.

He was convicted Friday with Assistant State Attorney Katrina Harden prosecuting and he awaits sentencing, Lloyd said.

Jeremiah Taylor, 34, was arrested in October on charges of sexual battery of a helpless person and sexual battery without physical force. Lloyd said the Gainesville Police Department case involved a juvenile who had been drinking alcohol.

Taylor was found guilty by a jury Friday and sentenced to 20 years in prison, Lloyd said. Assistant State Attorney Deborah Hunt prosecuted the case.

Michael Welch, 32, was arrested in May 2011 by ASO and was convicted of sexual battery of a child while in custodial authority and lewd and lascivious behavior. He awaits sentencing.

Assistant State Attorney Brian Rodgers prosecuted Welch’s case.

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