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Friend says sex offender who won $3 million in Florida lottery ‘deserves a break’

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Dec 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-11 10:52:11-05

MOUNT DORA, Fla. -- A man convicted of attempted sexual battery against a child is Florida's newest millionaire.

For 12 years, Timothy Poole's mugshot has appeared on Florida's sex offender registry,  but now the state has taken a new photo of Poole -- one in which he is holding a $3 million check. Poole won the money off a scratch lottery ticket.

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Poole's friend Floyd Snyder said he was happy for Poole and never believed the allegations he molested a child.

"The years I've known him, I've seen no inclination of anything like that," Snyder said.

Deputies arrested Poole in 1999 after a family friend claimed Poole had molested a boy. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the child said "Tim would sleep in the same bed as him" and "sometimes Tim would wake him up from sleeping to perform a sex act."

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While Poole denied the allegations, he later pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery and spent nearly three years in prison.

"He's a very positive person," Snyder said. "Very kind. Giving. I think that's why he won. Because it's Christmas time and the dude deserves a break, man."