The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 60-year-old Sarasota man for two separate cases of sex crimes against young girls that occurred more than 10 years apart.
Detectives arrested Dennis McGurk, DOB 8/30/53, 2835 Williamsburg Street, this week after victims reported he touched them when they were between 10 and 13 years old. One victim is now 26 and said the crimes occurred in 1998. She filed a criminal complaint in 2001 but the case was not prosecuted. When the second victim, who is now 16, came forward last month to report being sexually battered in 2011, detectives located the original case and noted the manner and circumstances in which the victims were touched by McGurk are markedly similar, even though the two have never met and do not know each other.
McGurk is charged with one count of Lewd or Lascivious Battery, for which he is being held on $200,000 bond, and one count of Sexual Battery on a Child Less than 12 Years Old, for which he is currently being held without bond.