BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Charles Edward Welcome, Sr., 66, was arrested yesterday evening and charged with trespass after warning at the UF Health Eastside Medical Clinic.
Welcome, a registered Sex Offender who lists his address as Grace Marketplace, has been arrested several times for trespass after warning at the clinic since he was trespassed for a year on April 1, 2022. A sworn complaint was filed for an incident on May 18, and he was arrested on May 31 and again on June 24. Charges from the May incidents have been dropped.
The responding Gainesville Police Department officer noted that “[Welcome] stated that he gets his food from the trash can on the property which is why he keeps coming to the location.”
Welcome has been convicted of nine felonies and 44 misdemeanors; he was referred to the Mental Health Court in a recent case, but an order on June 14, 2022, from Judge Susan Miller-Jones states that the State Attorney “does not approve of participation.”
In July of 2021, a court found that Welcome was incompetent to stand trial because of “severe mental illness, poor treatment response, and recent diagnosis of Mild Neurocognitive Disorder (dementia).” However, the court found that he did not meet the criteria for commitment to a treatment facility.
Welcome is being held on $100 bail.
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