Police arrest Lowry Park Zoo volunteer after reports of inappropriate contact with a minor

March 23rd, 2011 by Staff

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.

22 Responses

  1. John

    If I was the dad, I would have gone into that bathroom and pounded the crap out of this guy before I alerted security, that’s for sure.

  2. Rick Conrad

    What is up with that dudes face? Or is that one of the park animals?

  3. Steve.... long island

    Well clearly he is deformed but that doesn’t excuse him from this crime and I also would of pounded his face before calling security

  4. Gary Iddings

    I completely understand compassion for handycapped people, but its time to admit that if someone is mentally handycapped and their genetics are obviously compromised maybe their decision making abilities are of question also. People would never have the ability to find themselves in this situation in the first place if we kept our compassion for others in check. Children the world over are subjected to the behavior of retarded people on a daily basis because the adults in their lives are too damn stupid to play it safe by keeping them away from children. Dont want to be mean to the guy who jerks off in public, he means well, hes just Handycapped!!!

  5. Russell G

    Dude’s face is a wreck, but I’d kill for a head of hair like that.

  6. Efin

    I think that’s why his face looks like that. They worked him over before giving him to the police. He’s so brain damaged now that he thinks he always looked that way. That’s brilliant vigilante justice. I salute Zoo Security for how they handled this.

  7. Eric

    Looks like someone beat the dad to it.

  8. Bob

    Looks like that new animal they ordered finally came in too bad its a child molester, or in scientific terms homosapiens pedophilius

  9. bate

    Is that Beaker from the Muppets?

  10. dirk dig

    i was everyone could beat off in public

  11. stoner

    okay so the guy pulled his dick out and was trying to find out of the kid had a bigger one? So now the Police Department is involved and is never permanent record of his life of this lease mentally retarded is there no compassion or just common sense. But this kid does not need to have a criminal record if anything he needs to have help. Jesus Christ looks like the kid from mask!

  12. Matt from Sanibel

    John, at least this way the dad won’t be accused to beating the guy up. “Officer, he was like that when we found him, honest.”

    Bet this kid will never see “The Elephant Man” on Turner Clasic Movies or such, out of fear of flashbacks.

  13. Alfredo

    Hey Bubba, It looks like one of those really nice Pit Bulls you talk about did a number on this dude’s face.

  14. ???

    So that’s what happened to Rocky Dennis.

  15. dickhead

    What the F**k is that for real. Heaven help us and I don’t believe in heaven. Kill it before it multiplies for christ sake. Or run like hell…..

  16. dickhead

    Frankly I’m running.

  17. Greg Lightning

    While I feel people like this become isolated from social alienation it still is no excuse for this behavior in what we loosely call a civilized society.
    Find an active volcano and make a plane drop

  18. Tony

    If you squint your eyes a little he almost looks normal.

  19. Trent

    I think they did pound him in the face, look at him

  20. roy

    what kind of parent lets a kid go in a public restroom by themself…

  21. Roy

    Does this guy have ears, i don,t seem to see them from this head shot.

  22. joe shmo

    kinda looks like manson

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