Police arrest Lowry Park Zoo volunteer after reports of inappropriate contact with a minor
TAMPA – Tampa Police arrested a volunteer at Lowry Park Zoo after reports of inappropriate contact with a minor.
According to officials, security officers at the zoo detained Cameron James Spurback, 21, after he completed a volunteer shift and held him until police arrived.
According to police, the minor went into a bathroom at the zoo and was approached by the defendant who pulled the child’s pants down and fondled him. The defendant then pulled his own pants down and fondled himself in the presence of the child.
The child fled the bathroom and told his parents, who flagged down zoo security officers.
When police arrived, a detective interviewed the defendant who admitted to the offense. The child was not physically injured and he positively identified the suspect.
Records indicate that the defendant does not have a criminal history.
Executive director and CEO Craig Pugh said the zoo “will not tolerate” incidents such as this.
“We have a duty to ensure the safety of our guests, our employees and other volunteers, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” said Pugh. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement in its active investigation, and appreciate the close coordination between zoo security and the Tampa Police Department.”
Zoo officials say the individual in question has been relieved of volunteer duties and is not permitted to return to Zoo grounds.
The incident is still under investigation.