Man Jailed for Child Sex Crimes Charged with Witness Tampering
News release from Sarasota County Sheriff's Office:
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has charged an inmate at the Sarasota County Jail with two counts of Tampering with a Witness.
Dennis McGurk is awaiting trial for Capital Sexual Battery stemming from his arrest in December 2013 for crimes against young girls that occurred more than 10 years apart.
At a hearing in January, the modified the pre-trial conditions to prohibit direct or indirect contact with alleged victims or witnesses and listed the names of five women. She stated that there would be "zero tolerance" for any violation.
In May, one of the women received a letter from McGurk begging her not to participate in his prosecution, saying "it will not make you feel better. Spare yourself." In a June phone call to his wife, he said he started an "effective letter writing" campaign. In July, McGurk wrote to his daughter and instructed her to mail something on his behalf to another woman protected by the order and provided the woman's out of state address.
McGurk is being held without bond.