High Springs business owner arrested for trespassing after being asked to leave preschool property and then returning later in the day

Staff report

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – Austin Paul Conner, 62, was arrested yesterday and charged with trespass after warning and disrupting a school function after allegedly returning to a preschool that he had been asked to leave earlier in the day.

At about 8:40 a.m. yesterday, High Springs Police Department officers responded to the Deeper Purpose Kids Academy, which had been placed on lockdown because Conner was walking around the property, which is fenced. An officer reportedly informed Conner that he had been formally trespassed from the property and would be subject to arrest if he returned.

At 3:04 p.m., officers responded again to the preschool after a caller reported that Conner was back on the property, taking pictures of vehicles in the parking lot. Officers reviewed video surveillance and reported that Conner could be seen “well onto the property,” taking pictures. When officers made contact with Conner, who owns a nearby business and has reportedly been engaged in a property boundary dispute with the preschool, he reportedly said his attorney told him to take pictures of the parking lot.

Conner has no criminal history and has been released on his own recognizance.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    • I agree. I seriously doubt his lawyer would tell him to trespass onto property to take pictures. But there is always the rest of the story to be heard.

  • He probably left out that juicy tidbit that he had already been trespassed from the property earlier in the day when he was talking to his lawyer

  • Interesting— they will press charges on a trespasser, but not one of their own teachers who physically abuses children

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