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Man Arrested After Shooting Alleged Molester

4-14-2007 Florida: (UPDATED 4-16)

The alleged victim of an accused child molester was arrested after shooting the man Friday.

A neighbor said the teen who shot the alleged molester is a hero, but police said otherwise, WESH 2 News reported.

Robert Koths, 72, was arrested a year ago and is charged with lewd and lascivious battery. His trial was scheduled for June. Now, doctors said, he may not live that long.

One of Koths' alleged victims is under arrest and charged with attempted murder, police said.

Karen Wright said she knows the two teenage boys whom Koths is accused of molesting.

"My heart goes out to them," Wright said. "They're wonderful kids. I've seen them at the pool; they're very polite, they're nice, they're genuine and they've been through an awful lot."

Wright said she knows firsthand what is in the court records. She said she read the records and that they said detectives claimed Koths enticed the two boys into his home and performed sex acts on them.

He was living in his Suntree-area home on bail when he was shot.

Detectives said one of the alleged victims, now 19, shot Koths in the stomach Friday. Wright said the teen is a hero, and that Koths had it coming. She said that Koths could be seen walking around the area and it was wrong for officials to subject the teens to be near him.

Detectives will not say much about the case; state law restricts them from saying anything that reveals the identity of a sex crime victim.

The 19-year-old accused of the shooting is at the Brevard County Jail. He's held without bail.

Police said that Koths was initially expected to survive, but now doctors are not so sure. His condition has worsened to critical. ..more.. by Dan Billow.

Teen Arrested After Shooting Man Accused Of Molesting Him
4-16-2007 Florida:
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A teen is in jail charged with shooting the man who is accused of sexually abusing him.

Investigators said 19-year-old Daniel Kelley shot 71-year-old Robert Koths, his neighbor and alleged molester, at his Brevard County home last week. Koths was just two months away from trial. He is accused of giving Kelley drugs and molesting him multiple times over the last several years.

Kelley was in jail on no bond and faces attempted murder charges.As of Sunday night, Koth was still in the hospital.

"It's absolutely justified. It's one less pedophile on the streets," said Karen Wright, Kelley's neighbor. "Danny is the victim twice in this case."

Kelley's neighbors were taking up a collection to help pay for his legal defense. ..more.. by

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