TAMPA, Fla. – B. Eugene Lineberger, 51, of Tampa, is behind bars
after being accused of threatening, kidnapping, and sexually assaulting
a young woman early Sunday morning (Sep. 20).
Around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Lineberger threatened and assaulted a young
female, 22, in Ybor City, according to officials. After threatening the
victim, Lineberger reportedly kidnapped her and brought her back to his
home on Terra Ceia Drive in Tampa.
According to a release from Hillsborough County, at some point while the
victim was being held at the suspect’s home, she was able to get
to her cell phone and call the police. Deputies were dispatched to the
scene and when they arrived at the residence, they could hear a woman
yelling for help.
The deputies forced their way into the suspect’s home and once inside,
they found the suspect completely naked. Lineberger, who is a registered
sex offender, was immediately arrested and taken into custody. Hillsborough
County officials stated that the victim did not know the suspect.
Lineberger is facing felony charges, including:
Based on the above charges, here is a glance at what types of penalties
Lineberger is facing:
Under Sec. 794.011 sexual battery against a victim 18 or older is a felony
of the first degree, punishable by up to life imprisonment and a maximum
In Florida, “false imprisonment” is criminalized under Sec.
787.02 of the Florida Statutes, and punishable by up to 5 years in prison
and a maximum $5,000 fine.
Under Sec. 787.01 of the Florida Statutes, kidnapping is a felony of the
first degree. The penalties include up to life imprisonment and a fine
not to exceed $10,000.
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that you speak with a Tampa criminal defense lawyer from Thomas &
Paulk, P.A. as soon as possible. Since many of these cases are based on
the alleged victim’s account of what happened, the accused’
testimony may not be enough to avoid a conviction.
Many sex crimes lead to registration as a sexual offender or a sexual predator
in Florida. Sex offenders and predators are required to register for LIFE, and
all qualifying offenders are listed on the public registry website, and this
includes juvenile sexual offenders.
In Florida, failing to follow the sex offender registration requirements,
such as updating one’s residential address is typically charged
as a felony of the third degree.
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