A 34-year-old Tavares man was arrested on a charge of battery and aggravated stalking over the weekend after he allegedly attacked a man accused of sexually molesting a relative.
The Tavares man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged sex-crime victim, was taken into custody after the altercation just outside the Lake County Jail against Brian Utterback, 33, of Leesburg, according to an arrest report. The Sentinel generally does not publish the names of the victims of sex crimes.
Utterback has been arrested on three counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 18 years old, according to an arrest affidavit. The sexual incidents reportedly occurred at Utterback's Leesburg home starting in September 2012, the report said.
On Saturday, one day after his arrest, Utterback was leaving the jail on Main Street in Tavares. The Tavares man was across the street and saw Utterback walking through the parking lot and made a threat on his life, according to an arrest report.
Then, the man struck the right side of Utterback's head and held him in a choke hold, the report said. The man then let Utterback go and ran away, the report said.
Two witnesses confirmed the battery, saying that the man had threatened Utterback that he would need to sleep with an eye open, the report said. ..Source.. by Ludmilla Lelis