Sexual Battery Arrest

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Contact: Sergeant John Shea

Public Information Officer

O- 727-369-7830

JShea@pinellas-park.com


TITLE: Pinellas Park Police Arrest Suspect for Sexual Battery

WHEN: Incident Date - December 13, 2021

WHERE: The Care Center of Pinellas Park (8701 49th St N)

WHO:

Arrested - William Ira Cease Jr, W/M, 7/30/1958, Clearwater

Charge - Sexual Battery of a Mentally Defective Person FSS 794.011(4)(e)(5)

WHAT: Detectives have taken William Cease into custody after obtaining a

warrant for his arrest.  This morning, William Cease was located and arrested

while leaving his residence.  He has since been transported to the Pinellas

County Jail.


William Cease was wanted for an incident that occurred on December 13 at his

place of employment, The Care Center of Pinellas Park.  While working his

scheduled shift, William Cease was located by another employee in the bed of a

69-year-old patient/resident of the facility.  At the time, William Cease was

in a state of undress, inappropriately touching the victim, a vulnerable

adult.  Staff intervened and William Cease and the victim were separated.


Law enforcement was then called to the scene.  William Cease fled the scene

shortly after the arrival of officers.  Detectives took over the investigation

and established probable cause for the arrest of William Cease.


The Care Center of Pinellas Park has cooperated with detectives throughout

this investigation.  William Cease has been employed at this facility since

2019 as a Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN).


A booking photograph of William Cease has been attached to this release. 

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

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Contact: Sergeant Roxanne Pohl                         

Public Information Officer

RPohl@Pinellas-Park.com

Title: Pinellas Park Police Searching for Subject wanted for Sexual Battery

Case Number: 2021-72836

When:  December 13, 2021

Where: The Care Center of Pinellas Park 8701 49th Street

Suspect Wanted: William Ira Cease Jr, W/M, 7/30/58 from Clearwater

Charges: Subject wanted for Sexual Battery of a Mentally Defective Person

794.011 (4) (e) (5)

What:  On December 13, 2021, William Cease engaged in sexual acts with a

69-year-old female patient/resident of the facility. William Cease was found

in a state of undress, inappropriately touching the victim, a vulnerable

adult. This incident was discovered when another employee walked in and

observed William Cease in the act of sexual assault. William Cease has been

employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with Care Center of Pinellas Park

since April of 2019. Investigators believe there may be additional victims.


If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of William Cease is

encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers (1-800-973-TIPS) or the Pinellas Park

Police Department (727-369-7840).  Investigators are actively working to

locate William Cease and any other victims.

A photograph from 2018 of William Cease has been attached to this release.

Released by Sgt. R. Pohl, PIO

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For more information contact:

Pinellas Park Police Department

Public Information Office

727-369-5829

pio@pinellas-park.com