A sex predator who was wanted by authorities on charges that he loitered within 300 feet of children at a public pool has turned himself in.
North Port police issued the arrest warrant for Timothy Rice, 41, after he allegedly brought toys to a local pool so he could play with children at the pool.
Rice was arrested after he turned himself in to authorities. He was in Texas when the arrest warrant was issued for him.
Before North Port police issued the arrest warrant for Rice, he was arrested and accused of a similar crime in Charlotte County. Rice was arrested on March 22 after Charlotte County detectives say he squeezed a girl’s bottom at a local swimming pool and asked her for a kiss.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Ann Dever Regional Park swimming pool on March 21 after a parent complained about Rice’s behavior. The parent told the pool’s aquatics coordinator that her daughter was touched by Rice at the pool on Wednesday, March 20. While at the pool, another parent told deputies that Rice had grabbed her daughter’s thigh while they were in the water.
Back then, Charlotte Co. detectives said they believed Rice may have interacted with other children at the Ann Dever Regional Park swimming pool and/or other locations.
Now, North Port police are continuing their investigation into Rice and ask anyone who has information about him and any inappropriate activity to contact Det. Chris Maki at 941-429-7323 or email Maki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rice was a martial arts instructor and a lifeguard in 1998 when he was convicted of molesting several girls at an apartment complex swimming pool in Hillsborough County.