DELAYED TEXT MESSAGES LEFT SEXUAL PREDATOR FREE TO ROAM FOR HOURS IN TAMPA CASE
Officials say an unexplained four-hour delay gave registered sex predator Tommy Lee Sailorenough time to go to a bar, meet a woman, party with her, bring her home and try to rape her. Around 12:15 am Friday, the company hired by the state to track violent offenders got notice thatsomething was not as it should be with Sailor. Either the 27 year old's GPS monitoring devicehad been removed from his ankle, or he had traveled too far from home. Or maybe there was aneasily explained technical failure, most alerts like this are. The call center atOdessa-based Pro Tech Monitoring sent text massages to Sailor's on-call probation officer, PamCrompton. One text message, called an alarm, went out to Crompton at 12:44 am, another at1:57 am. Crompton heard nothing. Hours passed, the call center tried to reach Sailorthrough his monitoring device, but the offender didn't respond. Sailor was at Tilley's Place,a bar in Tampa, until last call, about 2:45 am. He left with a woman, headed to two houseparties, then, at 4 am, brought her to his house, where, he sexually battered her, holding ascrewdriver to her throat and telling her he was a serial rapist. the victim secretlyalerted 911 at 4:27 am and dropped her cell phone on the floor. A 911 dispatcher tracked thephone signal to her location, and police arrived at 4:44 am. Only then did Crompton's textmessages start filling up her in box.