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Gainesville man convicted by Alachua County Jury for violent 2019 sexual battery

Press release from the Office of State Attorney Brian Kramer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, Assistant State Attorney Ryan Nagel and Assistant State Attorney Brian Rodgers led the prosecution team in State vs. Edward Lydell Spaulding.

On August 1, 2019, the Gainesville Police Department responded to Tree House Village in the area of SE 16th Ave, for a report of a sexual battery. The victim reported to Gainesville Police that she was attacked by a subject that was using narcotics. The subject, who was later identified as Spaulding, violently pulled her into an abandoned building off South Main Street past the Cade Museum. Gainesville Police Investigators were able to identify Edward Lydell Spaulding, dob 5/17/1958 via a composite sketch and area video surveillance cameras. The State presented the case to an Alachua County Jury, and they found Spaulding guilty of sexual battery by use of physical force. The jury deliberated for under two hours. The victim provided a victim impact statement to the Court.

The Honorable Judge William E. Davis presided over the judicial proceeding. Edward Lydell Spaulding is classified as a sex offender and prison releasee reoffender. He has a prior conviction for sexual battery. Judge Davis sentenced Spaulding to Life in the Florida Department of Corrections.

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