A Florida man was charged with violating a domestic violence law without leaving county jail, talking or texting with the alleged victim.
But Port St. Lucie cops know 22-year-old Scott Roberts well enough — and they weren't surprised when the trail that started with a text message ended at Roberts' St. Lucie County jail cell.
The recipient of the text message, Amanda Watson, has a child. What's not clear from multiple arrest reports is whether this is the same child victimized by Roberts' battery and intentional child abuse to which he pleaded guilty in August.
Roberts got probation, which police say he violated by having a firearm, punching Watson in the head and assisting his brother with a felony.
That's why Roberts now sits in jail, which didn't make Watson feel any better when she got a text message at 10:02 p.m. April 19 from a 772 area code and 940 exchange that said, "Sunshine said how's the baby?"
Watson quickly called the cops. She didn't recognize the numbers, she told them, but she recognized "Sunshine" as a nickname for Roberts from one of his grandmothers.
A check at the county jail, the arrest report says, showed 22-year-old Markese Washington called that 772-940-xxxx number several times, including twice on April 19.
"In the 9:38 p.m. call, the male talks about how Scott woke him up and reminded him he needed to call his girl," the arrest report reads. "In the 9:59 pm. call, the male asks a female to text a number. Before he provides the number, he says, 'I can't really speak on it cause something is going on but who I told you woke me.' He then provides the number ... and says to text, 'Sunshine said how's the baby?'"
Washington and Roberts both are trustees — inmates adjudged trustworthy of more privileges — at the county jail, so they would've interacted.
So, Roberts was charged with violating the injunction by having someone else contact Watson for him.
This isn't the first time Roberts is charged with criminal violation of domestic violence injunction from jail. In fact, he faces six other counts of the misdemeanor from allegedly phoning Watson six times on Nov. 30.