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Good news/bad news! Sex offender wins jackpot and gets sued by victims. Karma!


A convicted sex-offender-turned-jackpot lottery winner is being sued by two alleged victims for a piece of his prize.


Timothy Poole’s $3 million jackpot lottery win raised eyebrows and a lot of questions earlier this month over whether the 43-year-old, who pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery of two victims under 12 in 2002, should be allowed to collect his winnings. Though there is no law banning convicted criminals from playing — or winning — the lottery, a 2010 change to Florida law may offer Poole’s alleged victims a shot at his newfound riches.


In 2010, the Florida Legislature passed a law eliminating the statute of limitations for sexual assault victims under age 16 to pursue legal action against their perpetrator. Prior to that, child sex crimes victims could not press charges after age 21. According to a 2010 article in the Tampa Bay Times, the then-new legislation “makes it easier for future victims to seek justice in a courtroom and recover damages.”









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