PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A registered sex offender is back in jail, charged with exposing himself to a 12-year-old boy Thursday morning.
Justin Duggan is accused of performing a sexual act as the boy waited for his school bus.
The area where this happened attracts visitors from all over the country and around the world. Its nearby beaches and Gulf Boulevard lined with resorts is teeming with tourists.
Pinellas County deputies told News Channel 8 that 29-year-old Justin Duggan didn’t come here to enjoy the surf and sand.
They said Duggan performed a sexual act for two minutes, with his shorts down to his ankles, while sitting on a bench.
Across the street, the 12-year-old was waiting for his school bus.
Parents say they try their best to protect their kids from this kind of thing.
“It sounds like he did all of the right things. He knew what he had to do. His parents did a good job telling him what he needed to do,” said Beth Jellison.
Justin Duggan’s sex offender status stems from a 2015 conviction in Oklahoma.
Since then, he’s been arrested numerous times, for crimes like grand theft and burglary.
For parents, what he’s accused of in Madeira Beach, causes the most concern.
“Just stay away from people like that. Watch your surroundings. That kind of thing. It’s hard raising kids, for sure,” said Kari Fletcher.
Duggan told deputies he lives aboard “the Andiamo” at the Madeira Bay docks, where he is friends with the owner.
The dock manager said she was aware of his troubles in Oklahoma, but thought they weren’t serious.
Another boat owner recalled seeing Duggan wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet.
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