Nookie on the beach is something straight out of a romantic movie. And if you’re adventurous, you might want to try it. But a Florida man learned the wrong way to go about it. Rule number one — don’t do “it” in front of a kid.
Forty-year-old Jose Caballero got amorous with his girlfriend, Elissa Alvarez, 21, on Bradenton Beach last year. In the middle of the day. In full view of a toddler.
The Florida man was convicted on two counts lewd and lascivious exhibition and will spend two-and-a-half years in prison. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. The prosecution wanted to lock him away for 15 years because Jose used to be a cocaine trafficker; a crime for which he already served an eight-year prison sentence, the Bradenton Herald reported.
Because of Caballero’s criminal past, the fact that his girlfriend was half his age (they’re still together), and his “aggressive demeanor” that fateful day, they settled for the two-and-a-half year sentence, My Sun Coast added.
The jury took only 15 minutes to convict the Florida man. And a few people, mostly on Jose’s side, are calling his sentence unjust.
What happened on that day on the beach is still under dispute. Caballero and his paramour were apparently videotaped and watched by bystanders as she moved on top of him “in a sexual manner,” The Associated Press added. Witnesses described the act in graphic detail, testifying that a girl, aged 3, was nearby and saw the couple’s lewd behavior.
But Jose says those watching the exchange were mistaken. Oddly, the Florida man’s parents back him up. His father Rogelio, who is wheelchair bound after suffering a stroke, said his son’s punishment went too far.
“They were not naked, you know, they were playing around.”
His mom also contends that her son and his lady love were not getting nasty on the beach. And his attorney, Ronald Kurpiers, called the verdict and sex offender designation “horrifically unfair,” although his client’s past crimes tied his hands.
“I don’t believe that his sex-offender designation is applicable to what he’s charged with or what he’s convicted of. I think it’s horrifically unfair. …Do I believe, personally, that 2 1/2 years is something that he should have to do? The answer is no. But I was caught between a rock and a hard place.”
Alvarez was convicted of the same charges, but she was granted time served. Kurpiers plans to appeal the man’s sentence and sex offender status.
As a side note, the Herald did a bit of Math to determine how much Caballero’s moment of sexual exploration on the beach will cost Florida taxpayers; at $49.49 a day, his incarceration bill will end up being $45,000.
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