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Date of Issue: May 17, 2007

Case closed against Holmes Beach man

The case has been dropped against a Holmes Beach man arrested in connection to a sexual relationship with a teenage runaway.

Jack Allen Pollock, 19, faced charges of lewd or lascivious battery on a victim under 16 and child abuse - both felonies - and aiding a minor runaway, a misdemeanor.

On May 8, records were posted at the Manatee County Courthouse that the case was closed and the charges abandoned because the prosecutor's office declined to proceed with the case.

"They felt there was insufficient evidence," said Pollock's attorney, public defender Laurence Eger. "The state declined the charges."

Pollock was arrested April 3 by a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. An arrest report stated that Pollock and a teenage runaway were engaged in sexual activity in a wooded area near Beach Avenue in Anna Maria.

Court documents referred to the girl involved as Pollock's girlfriend. The girl's mother had reported her missing to the sheriff's office, leading to the search in the woods.

Another case against Pollock, this one involving misdemeanor charges in connection with another teenage runaway, is set for a non-jury trial later this month.