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Deputy arrested in stalking, '96 killing

Charles Maye is charged with conspiracy, accused of tracking down a friend's ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend, who was shot.

By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, Times Staff Writer
TAMPA - January 21, 2005 - Sheriff's Deputy Charles Maye was a busy man for much of the past decade, doing more than just patrolling his beat, officials said. Instead, he played a role in a relentless stalking of his friend's ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend - a man who was later shot and killed, officials said.

Maye, 50, a Hillsborough deputy for almost 20 years, was arrested and charged with conspiracy in a federal indictment, officials announced Thursday. He was "relieved of duty without pay" Thursday morning pending the close of the investigation, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Maye's friend, 79-year-old Leroy Collins of Ruskin, also was named in the indictment on the same conspiracy charge. Both appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon. Maye was ordered held in the county jail on $210,000 bail, and Collins was ordered held without bail.

The indictment said Maye used his access to the National Crime Information Center and the Florida Crime Information Center on several occasions from April 1996 through last year to track down Collins' ex-girlfriend, Linda Bobo, and her new boyfriend, James McLemore. Collins used this information to have someone burglarize Bobo's Old Sun City home in April 1996, the indictment stated.

The following month, Maye, in uniform, stopped Bobo and issued her a traffic citation as a favor to Collins, the indictment said. Then in June 1996, McLemore was shot in the buttocks and arms in a drive-by shooting outside the Ruskin home where he lived with Bobo, the indictment said.

McLemore survived and moved with Bobo to Bradenton. She refused to tell Collins where she was living, the indictment said.But that didn't stop him, the charges stated. He turned to his friend Maye, who tapped into the law enforcement databases and requested her driving record from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to find out where she lived.

On Sept. 5, 1996, Collins told Bobo "that nothing would happen to James McLemore if she ended her relationship with him," the indictment said. Three days later, McLemore was shot five times as he and Bobo left Touch of Class Lounge in Bradenton, according to the indictment. McLemore died at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Collins "caused" the shooting, the indictment said, though neither he nor Maye has been charged with the murder. After McLemore's death, Bobo continued to try to hide from Collins, who used Maye's help to find her, according to the indictment.

In November 1996, someone threw a "caustic substance, similar to drain cleaner," into Bobo's face and eyes outside Touch of Class, the indictment said. Bobo, who later moved out of state, could not be reached for comment.

Maye used federal and state databases several times to find information on two other ex-girlfriends of Collins, the indictment said. One of them, Angeletta Williams, who dated Collins for seven years, called him a good man. "He has not done anything harmful to me," Williams said Thursday. "I don't have anything bad to say about him."

Maye and Collins are also charged with making false statements to officials with the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which led the investigation.

This isn't the first time Maye has been accused of abusing his position, officials said. In 2000, he was suspended for three days after an eight-month internal investigation because officials said he defied an order prohibiting him from visiting the mobile home park he managed in his uniform and patrol car.

The park, owned by Collins, was the Mi Amigo Mobile Home Park in Wimauma, a rundown collection of 25 single-wide units rented to migrant families at more than $950 a month. Tenants accused Maye of using his gun and uniform to intimidate residents.

After the suspension, he was transferred from District 4 near Wimauma to District 2 as a patrol deputy around Brandon, sheriff's officials said.

Times researcher Cathy Wos contributed to this report. Saundra Amrhein can be reached at 813 226-3383 or at



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