Sheriff’s Report


Man charged with sexual activity with a minor

A Key Colony Beach man is in jail charged with sexual activity with a minor.

25 year old Dominic Portelli is accused of having a sexual relationship with a young girl; it allegedly started in 2015 when the victim was 15, continuing until July of this year with the victim being 16 years of age.

The victim’s grandmother noticed changes in her behavior; she checked the girl’s cell phone, which is paid for and owned by the grandmother. On the cell phone she saw evidence the girl was having a relationship with an older man. She called the Sheriff’s Office to report the activity.

Major Crimes Detective Bob Dosh was assigned to investigate. After examining the cell phone, speaking with the grandmother and the victim, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Portelli. On Tuesday, he was placed under arrest. He was charged with obscene communications – traveling to meet the victim after using a computer to lure her; obscene communication – using a computer to seduce or lure the victim; child cruelty – using the victim to engage in sexual activity and sexual assault by a person over 24 years of age with a victim aged 16 or 17.

Dive death offshore of Islamorada

A Tampa man died Tuesday after a dive at Alligator Reef offshore of Islamorada.

41 year old Antonia Marco Ramirez was diving with family and friends at 1:30 p.m. in about 60 feet of water with his son. His son said his father became distressed and they quickly surfaced. Ramirez was pulled from the water barely breathing; he stopped breathing once he was on the boat and they began CPR, calling 911 for help. They drove the boat into Fiesta Key where they were met by paramedics. Ramirez was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

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