Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Public Safety

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CLAY COUNTY

Sheriff's officials received a report from a Middleburg woman

Monday who said she spotted the pedophile who has recently

tried to abduct school children in the Arlington area.

Emily Louise Snyder told deputies she saw a man skating near

the county park and boat ramp off Main Street about 2 p.m. who

looked just like the sketch of the pedophile published in the

newspaper. She said a clerk at a nearby gas station also saw the

man and agreed he looked like the person in the sketch.

Clay County Sheriff's investigators have shared the information

with Jacksonville police overseeing the investigation, said

Capt. David Murray, head of sheriff's operations in north Clay

County.

Murray could not say how much credence they give to the

sighting.

"These are difficult," he said. "We send a deputy to every

sighting and take every one of these seriously until we can

prove that it's not him. But to our knowledge, nobody has had

contact with him in Clay County."

Jacksonville police believe the pedophile is limiting his range

to the Arlington area, Murray said.

A 13-year-old accused of threatening students with a knife at a

school bus stop Monday has been arrested.

Deputies confiscated a small knife from the teenager, who

attended Clay Hill Elementary School, the sheriff's report said.

The report alleges that the teen swung the knife around at

other students at the bus stop, grabbed a 9-year-old boy from

behind, put the knife to the boy's groin and threatened to cut

him. The teen did cut the boy's pants leg but didn't injure him,

the report said.

The State Attorney's Office will not prosecute a Middleburg man

who had been arrested and accused of showing pornographic films

and adult toys to a 12-year-old girl and several teenage boys in

his neighborhood.

The child abuse charge has been dropped against James Dudley

Davis, 29, because of conflicting testimony in the case, said

Homa Guy, who prosecutes sex crimes in Clay County.

Six or seven teens interviewed in the case gave different

stories and contradicted one another, Guy said. …

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