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Old 11-14-2005, 11:38 PM   #1
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The driver for the band Opeth is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old.

TAMPA - The case against Leon R. Whitman started early Sunday, when a Tampa police officer on patrol near the Wyndham Westshore Hotel encountered a distraught 16-year-old who said she had just been pressured into having sex with Whitman.

By Monday, police were working with FBI investigators to determine whether Whitman, a 47-year-old bus driver for a heavy metal band, had victimized other girls. They say more than 200 images seized from Whitman's digital camera suggest he did.

"This thing started real small, and it just mushroomed," said Tampa police Det. Robert Parrish "There's going to be more victims."

For now, Whitman is charged with three counts of pornography and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with the 16-year-old girl. He also is accused of interfering with custody of the teen, whose mother did not know she flew to Tampa on Saturday from her home in Michigan.

Whitman, of Swartz Creek, Mich., is being held in the county jail in lieu of $33,000 bail.

A tour bus driver for the band Opeth, he was in Tampa Bay because Opeth played at the State Theater in St. Petersburg on Saturday night. Whitman, a convicted cocaine trafficker, met the teen about a year ago in Michigan, Parrish said. He told the teen if she flew to Tampa, he would take pictures of her and help her land a job in Los Angeles, according to Parrish. Whitman promised the girl $600, and he offered to take her to Los Angeles on the band's bus, Parrish said. He said the band knew nothing about it.

Saturday, Whitman picked the girl up at Tampa International Airport and brought her to his room at the Wyndham. There, he and the teen had sex, Parrish said.

"She's in Tampa, she has no money, and he was controlling things," Parrish said. "She was a very naive girl."

The girl left the room, shaken, and was walking near the Wyndham when a patrol officer spotted her. Whitman admitted to detectives that he knew the girl was underage, and he admitted he had sex with her, Parrish said.

Investigators seized a video camera that contained footage of Whitman's sexual encounter with the girl, according to police.

Whitman also had a digital camera, which Parrish found on Opeth's bus. Parrish said it contains about 240 pictures of seven to eight females, some of them obviously underage.

Authorities also seized Whitman's computer, but they have not yet analyzed its contents. Based on Whitman's reaction when police took it, Parrish anticipates the computer contains more pornographic images that could lead to additional victims - and further charges.

"He was very adamant," Parrish said. "He did not want me to touch his computer."

yikes, band management should do background checks.
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eewww.


Perfect place/position for a predator to find young (teenaged) kids anxious to please.
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That's awful.

As a side question, what is the age of consent in the US (or is different in different states?) Here in Oz it's 16, so she would not have been legally underage - leaving aside the issue that it was coercion)
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Also, take a look at the guys criminal record
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Creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy.

Age of consent varies depending on state. I think the average is 17. There's a site out there that lists all of them.

(Edit: Okay, found Florida's age of consent laws. All gay sex is illegal, which is hilarious (imagine the enforcement). And I dunno why there are two numbers for male/female action, but I think the first is for males and the second is for females, meaning that guys in Florida can get laid at a younger age than gals, which is also hilarious.)

(Edit 2: Fuck, I don't know, it's complex. Figuring out the vagina was easier than figuring out all the laws governing it.)

(Edit 3: Oh, wait, they made it easy: A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree.)
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(Edit 3: Oh, wait, they made it easy: A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree.)
so what you're saying is i've got 10 more days where i can legaly shtoop a 16 or 17 year old in the state of florida.

alrighty then.
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Opeth? Are they Metal?
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so what you're saying is i've got 10 more days where i can legaly shtoop a 16 or 17 year old in the state of florida.

alrighty then.
ill meet ya down there
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ill meet ya down there
i'll bring the rubbers
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How was the trip?

Any good stories?
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How was the trip?

Any good stories?
Well, either they're still recovering or they're waiting for someone to post bail...
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