Ocala man torches neighbor’s home because of rumor victim was a pedophile, police say

Ocala police arrested a man Monday who they believe started a fire that damaged a mobile home in early December.

Kenneth Bryant, 42, was arrested at Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park. According to the arrest report, Bryant told police he couldn’t remember the incident because he was too intoxicated but said he was not fond of the victim because of rumors that the man was a child molester.

Police said the victim of the arson said he believed his neighbor, Bryant, started the fire. Officers could not find Bryant at the scene of the time of the fire, but another neighbor they questioned said the accused arsonist had said he wanted to set the victim’s house on fire, claiming the victim is a “pedophile.”

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  1. Lee Morgan

    Until the public accepts (and this must happen) that those who commit sexual offences require an engaging arm of support and understanding around them, and not a pointing finger that denotes “DEMON”, such events are likely to continue.

    Government ought to step-up; after all, if we, as a society, have determined to eradicate sexual offending, it will only happen through a process of structured re-education. Violence may put a hold on things – though this will be temporary, and, ultimately, the problem will be driven ever-deeper underground.

    Violence will NEVER stop sexual offending per se.

    Violence only begets more violence!