A few months ago, the country was stunned when images were released of a Florida couple having sex on a beach in front of children.
On Monday, Elissa Alvarez, 20, and her partner Jose Caballero, 40, were convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior soon after the jury saw video of their sexual escapades which were done in broad daylight. It only took the jury fifteen minutes to reach the decision, and the couple now faces up to fifteen years in prison.
According to New York Daily News, the couple was spotted by a series of witnesses, including a 3 year-old girl.
“Yeah, they think it’s a joke,” a woman watching the X-rated scene told a 911 dispatcher. “It’s very disgusting. He just took her top off. There’s a child here.”
“You think about 2:30 in the afternoon on a crowded beach, it takes a certain kind of person to do that in front of children only feet away,” Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca said.
While Alvarez has no criminal record, Caballero has served nearly eight years in prison for trafficking cocaine. When Alvarez and Caballero are eventually freed, they will both need to register as sex offenders.
A relative of Caballero’s, who wished to remain anonymous, defended him as a “great man” who didn’t deserve such an intense punishment.
“There are other things out there we need to worry about, and they’re still loose, people who have done worse stuff,” she told the press.
Prosecutors, however, disagreed.
“Did they try to cuddle or do it discreetly? Did they go in the water where people couldn’t see?” prosecutor Ed Brodsky asked the jury. “Did Ms. Alvarez try to drape a towel over herself or anything? They didn’t care.”
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