PINELLAS PARK -- Convicted sex offender Michael Shepard is accused of another child sex crime, this time a sexual battery charge against a 12-year-old boy.
Police say there are now at least five victims and 11 charges. The arrest report says Shepard committed sexual battery on the boy in Shepard's home Dec. 27, when the child slept at his home.
Earlier this week, Shepard was arrested, accused of sex crimes involving at least four other children. Arrest reports say Shepard took neighborhood children on scooter rides to a nearby wooded area and molested them.
Shepard was released from a 15-year prison sentence in 2013. Neighbors say when Shepard moved into Cedar Hollow apartments in Pinellas County, they received a sexual offender flyer notifying them of his record, but Shepard explained it, saying a girlfriend lied about her age.
"He told me it was a 16-year-old girl," his former roommate Kendra Shurtleff said. "I believed him. He had everybody fooled. He had this whole neighborhood thinking he was this Mr. Good Guy."
According to court documents, Shepard's conviction stems from an incident in December 1998, when he was accused of molesting two brothers at a Largo roller skating rink.
The report says Shepard followed one boy into the bathroom and asked the 9-year-old where he was ticklish, then fondled him. The report says Shepard approached the brother near the video games.
The report says the boys told their mother, “a man touched us,” when she picked them up from the roller skating rink. The list of new victims is getting longer and police say there could be more.