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A Sex Case for Romeo and Juliet’s Law, Revenge Vandalism and Caught in the Act: Weekend Round-Up

| August 12, 2013

Bradley Sanguinetti, left, and Tamara Natto.

Bradley Sanguinetti, left, and Tamara Natto.

The attack on 17 mailboxes on Wellshire Lane aside (reported here), the weekend resulted in 26 arrests, including the following notable cases.

Bradley Sanguinetti, the 25-year-old resident of 30 Beth Lane in palm Coast, is a familiar figure to local police. His bookings at the Flagler County jail number 10, going back to 2007, mostly for non-violent infractions: driving on a suspended license, fleeing police, probation violation, contempt of court, cocaine and Oxycontin possession. Earlier this year, he was arrested for robbery and battery. And on Friday, he was arrested again while appearing to be in the act of breaking into a car on Beaverdam Lane, half a mile from his home as the crow flies.

A resident of the area was walking his dog at 4:45 a.m. when he saw Bradley and Blanca Visaggio, who has a shorter arrest record, pass him by on bicycles. (Visaggio, 33, who also lives at 30 Beth Lane, was last in jail in June on charges of battery domestic violence by strangulation, resisting arrest and false imprisonment. In 2011 she was arrested for aggravated assault, and the year before for possession of a controlled substance without prescription, and introducing contraband at the jail.)

The man who was walking his dog saw the pair walk up the driveway at 26 Beaverdam and approach a silver vehicle. The man then saw Sanguinetti allegedly attempt to pry the passenger side door open. The man returned to his home and called 911. A Flagler County Sherifff’s deputy arrived at the scene at 5:01 a.m.

“I observed that Bradley unlawfully and maliciously damaged [the victim’s] vehicle with a hammer in an attempt to make entry,” the deputy reported. A pat-down of Sanguinetti produced a hammer with a wooden handle, a blue ski mask and a folding knife.

Sanguinetti was charged with loitering or prowling, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief. His bookinh sheet at the jail lists other charges as well, including robbery and Oxycontin possession. He was held on $8,750 bond, which he posted. Visaggio was not arrested.

In a separate incident on Sunday, Tamara Natto, 36, of 17 B Brittany lane in palm Coast, was arrested for criminal mischief, or vandalism, after she allegedly spray-painted the outside walls of her ex-boyfriend’s home at 4 Riverview Drive with insults. (The police report also lists the address as Riverbend, in Grand Haven.)

Bryan Logan told police he left his house at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with a friend to spend the night in Jacksonville. When he returned at 7 a.m. Sunday, he noticed that someone had spray-painted insults on his home’s right-side wall, calling him a liar and worse. Spray paint was also on the front pillars. The flower pots were knocked over and the dirt emptied out. The screen to the back patio was cut in several locations.

Logan told police that he suspected his ex-girlfriend, with whom he’d broken up three weeks earlier, and who had seen him with another woman the previous day. Logan told police that  he “received several text messages from Tamara calling him a cheater, liar and a man whore at approximately 9:30 p.m. on August 10.” The accusations were almost identical to those spray-painted on the house wall. The damage was estimated at $1,000.

Natto’s arrest report is redacted where she speaks about the incident. But she was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief. She posted $500 bond and was released. In July 2010 she was arrested for aggravated assault.

The third case entails what appears to be an instance for Florida’s Romeo and Juliet law.

Todd Marine

Todd Marine

Todd Marine is an 18-year-old resident of Flagler Beach. He had been dating a 14-year-old girl consensually since March 2013. The girl found out in April that she was pregnant. In an interview with a case worker at the Children’s Advocacy Council, she disclosed that she and Marine had had unprotected sex three times. She told the counselor, according to Marine’s arrest report, that “Todd was fully aware of her age and they both wanted to engage in sexual activity with each other.”

After finding out that her daughter was pregnant, the mother of the 14 year old sought, and was granted, an injunction on behalf of the girl, against Marine, by Flagler County Circuit Judge Dennis Craig. During the hearing before Craig, both the girl and Marine admitted to having sex with each other.

It is illegal under Florida law for an 18 year old to have sex with a 14 year old. Marine was arrested on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a child older than 12 but younger than 16. Until 2007, a conviction on such a charge would have resulted in the alleged assailant to be branded a sex offender or predator.

But that’s no longer necessarily the case. In 2007, the Florida Legislature passed a so-called Romeo and Juliet law, exempting certain individuals from being branded as offenders, even if one of the individuals has reached the age of consent while the other has not. But the difference in age between the two may not be greater than four years. The consensual sex must be part of an intimate relationship, as it appears to be between Marin and the girl, based on their court testimony. And the victim must be between 14 and 17, as is the case with the girl.

Marine may technically still be eligible for conviction under the state’s rape statute, because Florida law does not recognize sexual consent for children under 18. But adjudication of guilt may be withheld, and if so, Marine will not be required to register as an offender or predator. The Romeo and Juliet law was designed to recognize that younger people engage in sexual relations without malicious intent, and that the act, while legally problematic, should not result in a lifetime of branding for the older person under given circumstances.

The girl is still pregnant and intends to have the baby. Marine was released on $2,000 bond.

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16 Responses for “A Sex Case for Romeo and Juliet’s Law, Revenge Vandalism and Caught in the Act: Weekend Round-Up”

  1. Shocked, I tell you... says:

    Crime seems to be on the increase here. Have never seen so many with criminal rap sheets in one small town.

    As for the 18 yr. old. He needs to pay for the infant. What’s to keep him from finding some other 14 yr. old he wants to have sex with?


    • Baby Mama 1 says:

      HE SHOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN PUT INTO JAIL! I am the mother of his first child!!! I was ALSO pregnant at 15 just as this girl by Todd Marine. He might as well be called a serial impregnator!!!

  2. A.S.F. says:

    WOW! In how many ways does Florida law have a double standard, according to the color (or other circumstances) of the defendent(s) involved?

  3. Ben Dover says:

    He should not be sent to jail , or have sexual predator tag ,both are kids , girls mature faster then boys and her parents should of had her on a tighter leash, there are more important things for our local justice dept to be doing, like solving all these murders they mentioned 12 in paper the other day , but their are many more from just a few yrs back that still haven t been solved, and how about all these young thugs driving very very expensive cars, that there`s only one way they got the money to pay for them, I have crushed disks in my neck , herniated disks in my lower back , torn rotator cuff in my shoulder, my foot was run over by a fork lift Sea Ray, a kid hit me head on on Belle Terre ,the pain I`m in has me thinking about hanging myself everyday , and Publix tells me they won t fill my pain medication, but these thugs are getting them filled and selling them on the street and driving fancy cars , cops gotta know what they are doing , its like we are living in Bizzarro world, I had to cancel my DR appt cause I can t afford it , this country is corrupt I paid 80 extra dollars a pay period the first time I got hurt at Sea Ray , with my neck, a QC dropped his end of a window 18 feet long , I held on trying to keep it from breaking , it shattered the disks in my neck, they screwed me, slipped in paper work while signing accident report saying I didn` t get hurt there, so when I was able to work again 8 moths later I went to school for a couple yrs there for easier job and got it, but still paid Prudential insurance 80xtraa pay period for long term disability in case the day came I couldn t work, Id already lost all the money I made with my weekend side business doing landscaping and tree work, after my foot was run over I worked as long as I could then applied for my long term disability I paid 8 yrs for at 160 a month , they said they their Dr disagreed with my neurologist , orthopedic, neurosurgeon and MRI`s and Cat scans, I never saw their Dr, I lost my house , my wife , everything, live in agony, SS disability who says Ive accrued 1.160.00 a month sent me to a Dr who had me walk across a room smaller then my bathroom , that was extent of exam , they ignored all the above mentioned documentation too and denied me 4 times now, when is anyone going to investigate this corruption, instead of makinga big deal of two kids doing what comes natural to them , all this talk about Trayvon Martin being profiled, well our local pharmacies have been profling me and many like me , because of the countries misguided war on drugs , the real culprits 17 and 18 yr old kids driving 40.000 dollar SUV`s allover every city in the country , and people like me that worked two and three jobs cant get the money owed to us from the government , they take our houses and sell them to foreigners , my mom and dad and sisters worked their whole lives too died early in their 50`s never got the money they paid into the system for their retirement, now they are hoping Ill hang myself so they don t have to pay me either ,, this country needs to be cleaned up on all levels, stop worrying about kids doing what kids do

    • disgusted says:

      i agree with you 100%, don’t give up !!!! You hit the nail on the head!!! God bless you, and hope your feeling the best you can, with the disability’s you have!

  4. A.S.F. says:

    I’m sorry but a “ROMEO AND JULIET law”…REALLY? How many 14 year olds do you know who are mature enough to handle a sexual affair? Aren’t we romanticizing something that could do serious damage to adolecents that you wouldn’t let test-drive a car, let alone their sexual self? Sounds like a cop-out for young men who want an excuse to do whatever they want, to whomever they want, with the passive consent of parents who couldn’t care less or who might find it easier to make excuses for the hormonal (let alone, irresponsible) actions of their children. And this from a state that has SUCH trouble getting their minds around providing sex education in schools!

  5. anonymous says:

    “ROMEO AND JULIET law”…REALLY? “It’s just like the “stand your ground law” an escape hatch for the people the state WANTS to give a break to.

  6. Sherry Epley says:

    Romeo and Juliet law. . . outrageous permissiveness! No, we don’t need any sex education in schools. . . Geez! All the more evidence that the morals and character of our culture are in great trouble. Especially when you have a repeat offender, as appears to be the case here. I would love to hear more about the ” first” girl this guy left pregnant.

    Flaglerlive, any chance of an interview there?

    • Laurie Steffens says:

      The first girl is my daughter. We are now raising a 1 year old child. He has threatened to kill my daughter and her son.He is abusive and has choked and smacked both my daughter and the other girl he got pregnant.He does not pay a dime for his son.

  7. palmcoast1i says:

    I see, we can’t percieve that a teenage girl might actually consent to a sexual relationship. Why then is it a law in this state that “any female” has the right to the morning after pill and pregnancy termination services without noticifaction to her parents. These laws actually went to a public vote.

    We need to easy up and allow the courts to determine the intent. And I do agree, If Mom allowed the relationship, she might have wanted to better educate her daughter on prevention or abstinence. Not blaming the mother, just pointing out that our job is to help our children make wise choises.

  8. A.S.F. says:

    The question is not whether some teenage girls will have sex, or even whether they should or not. We are not there to help these young kids make those judgements in the heat of the moment. The question is whether the PARTY, male or female, to the sexual relationship who IS of the age of consent, should be held legally liable for establishing a sexual relationship with someone who is more vulnerable–someone who is NOT of an age to consent. It is a power and control issue, one where someone who should know better is taking advantage of someone who cannot presume to consent in an informed fashion, as they are too young to fully understand or appreciate the consequences of their acts. It’s a strange world we live in where we say to kids, well, I’ll give you a yellow (which is green to them) light to seduce my fourteen year old daughter but, if you try to give her a cigarette, or even if she tries to bum one off of you, I’ll throw the book at you! I’ll bet some of the people who think this “Romeo and Juliet” law is okey-dokey (probably because they will presume that the 14 year old girl has to be a slut anyway) are the same people who would sceam and cry that we are ruining the morals of these young-uns by proposing sex education in schools. Gee, let’s not hold an adult responsible for seducing a child but let’s really kick up a hissy-fit about making birth control available to sexually active teens. How backwards can you get!

  9. upset says:

    your right a 15 teen year old girl made the wrong decision. She listened to a boy who told her he loved her.

    However do you think it is ok for him to bring her to court to insist she keep his baby rather than give the baby to a loving family because he has his rights and then walk away.
    Ask the Arch Diocese that fought for him. I hope they are happy with their decision.
    Good luck to his new girlfriend.

  10. LC says:

    I’m going to have to play devils advocate here. While I do believe he should be prosecuted for taking advantage of this 14 year old and he is an adult and should be responsible for his actions…. However, I’m having a hard time understanding why no one ever holds the parents accountable. Now it’s just a shame because these 2 are going to have to communicate because there’s a baby on the way! Control your daughters, tell them sex education, be aware of what’s going on before its too late and provide contraception, even if you don’t agree!

  11. Sherry Epley says:

    Just a clarification. . . single girls under 18 (such as in this case) cannot get an abortion in Florida without parental consent. . . without jumping through a bunch of hoops. The “morning after” pill will be available soon. . . thanks to the federal government. Now, we need safe sex education in all the schools.

  12. Sherry Epley says:

    Has anyone read the comments from the mother of the first girl this scum left with a child? That lady’s name is Laurie Steffens and she is brave enough to comment using her own name.

    Those who so quickly blame the parents should walk ten miles for 10 years in their shoes before passing such judgements. Our confusing, complicated society puts many pressures on young people to face adult decisions much too fast. No parent can raise their child in a bubble and protect them from a culture that is de-evolving into sexual permissiveness and violence. . . along with celebrity and money worship. Those bad influences come from everywhere, all at once. . . television, video games, movies, school, social groups. . . you name it.

    Whether you like Hillary Clinton or not, it does take a village to raise healthy young people into productive, successful adults. We need to pull together as a community to support and protect all of the children and young adults in it. We all need to step up and support sex education in schools, along with planned parenthood and rape crisis centers, etc. instead of pretending those kinds of things only happen to children of “bad” parents.

  13. Worried Grandma says:

    Laurie Steffens……
    I sent you a message on facebook, it said it was going to OTHER inbox. Please get back to me.

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