Man sentenced to 920 years on sex charges

Charles Dipilla of Crystal River (CCSO mujshot)

A 41-year-old Crystal River man was sentenced on Thursday to 920 years in prison on multiple sexual-related charges

Charles Dipilla of Crystal River was arrested in 2019 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) after a juvenile victim disclosed they had been sexually assaulted.

Detective Jonathan Richey with the CCSO Special Victim’s Unit (SVU), was assigned to investigate the allegations which were reported to the CCSO in early October. During Detective Richey’s investigation, he was able to obtain enough evidence to arrest Dipilla the same day.

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Man charged with burglary of occupied home, sexual exposre

Daniel Ballagas (Photo courtesy: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

Detective Tiffany Barry with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) High Tech Crimes Unit today arrested 39-year-old Daniel Ballagas of Homosassa on charges of Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Exposure of Sexual Organs.

On Sept. 23, the CCSO received a call that an unknown male, later identified as Ballagas, had entered a residence where the juvenile victim was home alone and is said to have exposed himself to the victim.

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Former correctional officer sentenced to life in prison for sexual battery

Kenneth Slanker (Photo courtesy: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

Kenneth Slanker. 41. of Inverness was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison.

Slanker was arrested in 2019 after an initial investigation revealed that he sexually battered a juvenile victim over a period of years.

Citrus County Detectives Tony Ricci and Tiffany Barry with the CCSO Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) worked swiftly to bring justice and security to the victim, making an arrest within a day of the allegations. Slanker was employed at the time as a corrections officer at the Coleman Correctional Complex in Sumter County.

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Capt. Vincent retires from Sheriff’s Office

Capt. David Vincent retires (CCSO photo)

After 27 years of highly dedicated selfless service to the citizens of Citrus County, Captain David Vincent is retiring from the Sheriff’s Office.

Starting his career in 1993, Captain Vincent starting working as a Communications Officer.

Shortly after starting with the agency, Captain Vincent transferred to the Patrol Division and worked as a Patrol Deputy until 1996.

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Threatening emails sent to some Citrus County voters

On Oct. 21, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was made aware of emails sent to Citrus County voters.

These emails were allegedly addressed from the group “Proud Boys” and made threatening statements to recipients.

The CCSO is working in partnership with the Supervisor of Elections Office to document these cases and forward all reports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as the lead investigating agency. These emails are not isolated to Citrus Count,y and are being reported in pockets across the state. Nationally, Proud Boys has denied involvement.

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Inverness father charged in infant’s death

Andrew Martin (CCSO mugshot on Oct. 21, 2020)

On Jan. 7 of this year, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a medical emergency involving a three-month-old infant.

Upon arrival, deputies observed the victim’s father, 24-year-old Andrew Lynn Martin of Inverness, attempting to perform CPR.

Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to Citrus Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Detective Brian Casalvieri, with the CCSO Major Crimes Unit (MCU) and Detective Bruce Arnold with the CCSO Special Victim’s Unit (SVU), responded and began a thorough investigation.

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