McFarlane is no stranger to the law. He was arrested last year for suspicion of kidnapping a small child from a Central Florida Mall. However, he was released because it wasn’t clear that he meant to do her any harm. The video showed what looked like he was taking her or luring her out of the mall, however, he stated that he was only trying to help the toddler find her mother. He claimed that the little girl was lost.
His mother was waiting for him outside and so the case looked a little strange. But now, he is facing much serious charges and the judge refuses to release him. This may be a good thing. This young man needs some help and is a possible sexual predator in the making. The girl was clearly begging him to stop and to proceed means he had no regard for her feelings. He acted inhumane and he should be locked away for a long time.
If he is released, he will rape again and that will eventually lead to much more horrendous crime. If he can get off the streets now, he might have a chance, but most of the times, this type never progresses.
Read the story below…www.wftv.com
– A Marion County judge refused to release a teenager Tuesday, who is accused of sexually assaulting a classmate on a school bus. The judge said the charges against 15-year-old Edwin McFarlane were too serious to allow him go free.
Edwin McFarlane didn’t have anything to say to WFTV as he was taken into custody Monday night The sexual assault case has put McFarlane back in the spotlight for a second time. WFTV followed the case against McFarlane after he was arrested last year for taking a child out of a Burlington Coat Factory in Orange County. The false imprisonment charges against him were eventually dropped.
However, now police say the 6-foot-tall, 300-pound teenager confessed to the latest attack on a 15-year-old girl in Lake County school bus. Investigators say, last week, he sexually battered a 15-year-old girl on the bus and the incident was captured on video.
According to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the girl was lying down to take a nap on the bus. Officers said McFarlane approached her and unzipped her pants. The victim told McFarlane to stop, but investigators said he didn’t stop.
The report also stated that McFarlane tried to kiss her and held her wrists down as she tried to pull away. The report said that McFarlane proceeded to molest the girl against her will.
The incident report also described that the 15-year-old girl screamed “Stop Edwin, stop!” during the ordeal. The Sheriff’s Office said another student heard the victim tell McFarlane to stop several times, but he continued.
McFarlane entered the courtroom Tuesday morning, towering over some of the court deputies, and was the first juvenile case to be called. His attorney asked that he be released to his mother, but the judge promptly declined the request.
“These are two very serious charges. Based on the risk assessment, I’m ordering you to remain in secure detention at this time,” the judge told McFarlane.
Another detention hearing will be scheduled outside the courtroom.
McFarlane’s mother said nothing Tuesday and his attorney, Natalie Jackson, said little to WFTV.
“There’s a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. That’s all we know so until we find out more. We would ask that the privacy of both be respected,” Jackson said.
McFarlane has been charged with rape.
“They are very serious allegations and you take into account that he’s a very large person and she’s a 15-year-old female. She did not feel that she could get up and leave,” said Lt. John Herrell, of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. “He made his way to the victim’s seat, immediately began touching her inappropriately, she continually told him no and told him to stop. He was persistent and continued until he committed sexual battery on her.”
Sources told WFTV that the State Attorney’s Office was considering going ahead with its prosecution of McFarlane last year when he was charged for taking a 3-year-old by the hand and walking her out of a Burlington Coat Factory. The child’s mother chased McFarlane down and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office eventually charged him with false imprisonment.
Sheriff Jerry Demings took heat for supporting the arrest. But once Sheriff Demings withdrew his support for the case, prosecutors dropped the charges .
Sheriff Demings released this statement to WFTV Tuesday amid the new charges: “These are investigations which are difficult at best and at the time of Orange County’s arrest of Edwin McFarlane in June of 2010, decisions were made to proceed as we did based on the totality of the circumstances. Without casting judgment, McFarlane once again finds himself in the middle of a criminal investigation and I am certain justice will prevail in the Lake County case.”
Neighbors, who didn’t want to be identified, supported McFarlane last year and were .“I was just really surprised, because I just thought he was wrongly accused and I thought he was a good kid in the neighborhood,” a neighbor said. “Obviously, with this second incident, he’s had his first chance and now it’s different.”
McFarlane’s attorney told WFTV she has not spoken to McFarlane since the arrest. He’s being held in Marion County, because Lake County does not have a juvenile detention facility or a juvenile court house.
Links for this story…
Neighbors speak regarding teen.
Letter requestion charges be dropped against teen for kidnapping charges.
Slideshows of arrest of Edwin McFarlane