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Henry Lee Porter receives no bond following hearing
Judge Charles Roberts has ruled that Henry Lee Porter, 72, will have no bond following a court hearing this week. The court hearing was on Wednesday and Judge Roberts made his decision today, Thursday, January 30, 2020. Porter is currently facing two counts of Sexual Battery with a Child under 12. Porter was arrested on January 2, 2020 and has remained in the Sarasota County Jail.
In October 2019, the Sarasota Police Department received notification of a video being viewed through social media regarding alleged abuse. The author/accuser stated he had been sexually abused as a child by a Bishop at Westcoast Center for Human Development in Sarasota, Florida.
Through the formal interview of the victim, additional potential victims were identified. The additional victims reached out to victim seen in the video for support and to admit they too were victims of sexual abuse by Porter.
Interviews with Sarasota Police Detectives and victims revealed sexual abuse happened on numerous occasions inside Westcoast Center for Human Development and during travel with Porter and his victims. Detectives discovered the victims were all males, with ages between 10 years of age to young adults of various ages, when they were sexually assaulted by Porter.
A news conference from January 8, 2020 discussing the arrest of Porter can be watched on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at https://youtu.be/m9ea5nafjzQ
Sarasota Police Detectives continue to believe there are additional victims in this case. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Civilian Investigator Jeff Birdwell at 941-263-6028 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com
Henry Lee Porter, 72,