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2 arrested after public sex display at beach

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

Jose “Benny” Caballero

Elissa Alvarez, 20

Two people were arrested July 20 after they allegedly engaged in sex on the beach — in daylight and in full view of a number of families with children.

Jose “Benny” Caballero, 39, and Elissa Alvarez, 20, both of Bradenton, each face a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.

A witness told police she saw the couple “go at it” for about 25 minutes on their beach towel, break for a quick swim and then fall asleep for what seemed like hours at Cortez Beach in the 400 block of Gulf Drive South in Bradenton Beach.

The complainant was upset because her 4-year-old daughter witnessed the scene and started asking questions, according to the police report.

She said the couple woke up, fondled each other and started having sex again. At this point, the woman said, the onlookers called police.

Another witness confronted the couple before police arrived.

In the 911 call, a witness told the dispatcher the couple “cannot stop getting naked.” She described the man as “muscular” and wearing a “Speedo.”

According to his Facebook page, Caballero is a bodybuilder. He was described in the BBPD arrest affidavit as having a large 5-foot-5-inch build and weighing around 185 pounds.

At least six people filed complaints with the Bradenton Beach Police Department.

Alvarez and Caballero denied having sex on the beach, although Alvarez admitted to taking off her top, saying she was “just having fun.”

One of the witnesses filmed the couple with a camera phone, and turned the video over to police to be used as evidence.

However, BBPD Chief Sam Speciale said the footage “doesn’t really show anything” because the couple were still wearing bathing suits.

“All you can really see is grinding,” he said.

Both Caballero and Alvarez were arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail, where they each posted a $7,500 bond and were released.

Their arraignment will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Manatee Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

One Response to 2 arrested after public sex display at beach

  1. Patrick says:

    I consistently note that the local population is the one I wish were not coming to AMI. The tourists everyone complain about are typically nice families excited to be on vacation, while the locals are bored rabble who come because they have nothing better to do.

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