His former boss knew it was just a matter of time before Shernon James would get arrested again.
So Kevin Smith, who owns a local talent agency, wasn’t shocked to hear James, who was sponsoring a Ukranian foreign exchange student, has been charged with molesting the 15-year-old boy during a visit to Kissimmee.
“I’m surprised that it has taken him this long,” Smith said Wednesday, adding that James knows all the ways to work the system to his advantage. “But eventually, he would get caught.”
In March 2006, James was acquitted of 10 counts of possessing child porn
after a Collier Circuit jury heard testimony that four other employees of a local talent agency, which fired him, had access to his computer, not just him. Collier Sheriff’s detectives testified he admitted downloading the porn — obscene photos of young boys — but because it wasn’t a taped confession, he denied that
and jurors found him not guilty. His criminal record was then expunged.
“I feel very bad for the Ukranian family. ... He is sick,” Smith said of James, adding that he’d heard James volunteers as a youth coach and Big Brother.
According to his Web site, shernonjames.com
, James works as a disc jockey, a computer professional, owns several businesses, and is a “big brother (to many).”
Michele Guptill, chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida, said James was currently not a Big Brother, but had applied to volunteer.
She couldn’t confirm whether he had been accepted.