OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - 9 Investigates has new details in a case against an accused child molester who remains on the run Friday.
The recordings show Judge Mark Blechman had a difficult time deciding whether Wheeler should be put on GPS monitoring.
Judge Blechman even does a bit of foreshadowing: "One of the concerns was his ability of
According to Heath, the state had big concerns about the program and the private company monitoring Wheeler.
In the recordings, Dave Saporito, the owner of the GPS company, brags to the judge about how efficient his operation is and how it only takes seconds to report a violation.
For two days in early May, Blechman wrestled with the decision of what to do with Wheeler.
"The issue is that anybody charged with what's listed in the new administrative order is not entitled to be released on
Orange and Osceola counties are under orders not to use GPS tracking. Osceola has its own GPS
"I'm willing to let him out on GPS. And without GPS, I'm not willing to let him out. Find me a way to impose GPS," Blechman said to Wheeler's defense attorneys.
Less than 24 hours later, the defense brought in Saporito.
"I own a bail bond company," Saporito said. "We also do electronic monitoring. Twenty-two years bail bonds, five years now GPS."
Saporito, who only has clients in Brevard County, bragged to the judge about his success and how fast he could detect any violation or tampering with the device.
"It actually hits our iPhones right here, instantly, to tell us if it was a strap tamper or if it was something in the middle of the night," said
Almost immediately, the state voiced its concerns.
"If the victim's mother provided a phone number, I want them directly notified as well of any violations of zone or removal," prosecutors said.
The judge granted the GPS, but four months later, Wheeler cut off both devices he was wearing and hasn't been seen since.
Ninth Circuit Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry, who issued the order banning private GPS companies in Orange and Osceola counties, said all judges knew the policy.
Judge Perry said Blechman had no authority to put Wheeler on GPS.
"Every judge has my
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