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Date of Issue: May 11, 2006

Sex offender made obscene calls from jail

Edwards Photo

A Cortez man already in jail, convicted of lewd and lascivious exhibition on a child under 16 years of age in 2004, and arrested for violating the terms of his probation on that conviction, has again been arrested, this time for making obscene phone calls.

Stephen D. Edwards, 24, was charged with making obscene phone calls to a local law firm from jail, according to an arrest report from the Bradenton Police Department.

Edwards is alleged to have made the calls from his jail pod at the Manatee County Jail to the law firm of Kent and Glenn in Bradenton. According to the report, he asked to speak to Ms. Glenn last Wednesday and again on Friday. When Ms. Glenn answered, Edwards allegedly made obscene remarks and, on both occasions, Ms. Glenn disconnected the call, Bradenton Police reported.

Edwards was evidently unaware that phone calls from the jail are recorded and recordings of his calls were placed into evidence and a detective from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office identified Edwards' voice.

Edwards later admitted to making the calls, saying "other inmates put him up to it."

Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com contributed to this story.

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