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3 juveniles arrested in Bartow school burglaries

Bartow, Florida -- Three young boys are in big trouble after they were arrested for burglarizing two schools in Bartow.

During their investigation into the burglaries at Bartow High and Bartow Middle schools, detectives were able to link the three boys --aged 11, 13, and 15 -- to both crimes.

Investigators say the trio broke into the concession stand at Bartow High and removed property belonging to the school. At Bartow Middle, they damaged a light switch and several school books.

Teacher arrested for child porn described as "popular and respected"

Bartow, Florida -- A popular Polk County teacher arrested on child pornography has many still shaking their heads asking why and are there more charges possible?

A Polk County judge set Lawrence Douglas Hughes' bond Friday afternoon at 100,000 -- $5,000 for each one of 20 counts of child pornography.

SEE ALSO: Charged teacher admits: "I was addicted to porn"

Polk 911 operator charged with shoplifting

Bartow, Florida -- On Sunday, June 16, Bartow Police Department officers arrested an employee of the Polk County Sheriff's Office for shoplifting.

Bartow Police says 21-year-old Harold Young went to the Walmart store in the 1000 block of East Van Fleet Drive and concealed a package of Hanes T-shirts, a package of Hanes brand briefs, and a greeting card and left without paying.

Polk County teacher caught with child porn

Polk County, Florida -- A Union Academy Magnet School research teacher was arrested Thursday after being caught with child porn. 

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, detectives launched an investigation on May 28 after a student used the teacher's classroom computer and saw a pop-up warning that read, "You have been viewing or distributing child pornography."

The student later reported the incident, and told investigators that the teacher, 59-year-old Lawrence Douglas Hughes, shut off the computer right away, and never discussed the message with him. 

Man charged with lewd acts on child gives false ID

Winter Haven, Florida -- Winter Haven Police say they are trying to figure out the true identity of a man arrested for molesting a child.

He was arrested under the name Silvino Rebollar-Vera, but detectives say he was using Social Security number and driver's license number that belonged to two other people.

Rebollar-Vera was originally arrested Friday night when witnesses allegedly saw him molesting a three-year-girl through a bedroom window.

Man sentenced to life for murder of homeless woman

Bartow, FL -- A Polk County Judge has sentenced Jerry Seger to life in prison for the murder of 24-year-old Courtney Bright.

In April 2010, Bright's body was found inside a foreclosed home located at 3510 Knights Station in Lakeland. The victim was a homeless woman who, friends say, was trying to get her life back on track.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bright had been dating Ashley Dunn. Detectives arrested Dunn's father, Jerry Lee Seger, now 43, and charged him with one count of murder in Bright's death.

Cops: Neighbors catch man performing lewd acts with child

Winter Haven, Florida -- A Winter Haven man was arrested after neighbors called police reporting they saw him and a young girl engaged in sex acts.

Police say they received a call around 10:53 p.m. on June 7 after a woman who was visiting her friend in the area saw what she believed to be a small child and the man -- later identified as Silvino Rebollar-Vera -- kissing "like a man and woman" as she sat on his lap. At the time, the curtains were open and the two could be seen clearly from the unlit road.