Man on probation charged with battery and drug possession after unwanted kiss


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Steve Charles, 30, was arrested yesterday and charged with battery and drug charges after an investigation into an unwanted kiss led to the discovery of drugs in his apartment.

Gainesville Police Department executed a search warrant yesterday on Charles’ apartment while investigating a report that Charles had kissed a woman on the lips on January 16 in the lobby of Midtown Apartments. The kiss was reportedly captured on surveillance video, which was provided to law enforcement.

Officers executing the search warrant reportedly found baggies containing substances that tested positive for MDMA/Ecstasy and MDPV; they also found about 2 grams of marijuana.

Officers then went to Charles’ workplace and arrested him for simple battery. A search incident to arrest reportedly produced baggies with tablets that were the same color as the substance previously found in Charles’ apartment. Charles was charged with battery, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Charles is on probation in a 2020 case in which he was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, battery, and tampering with evidence; he entered a plea of nolo contendere to tampering with evidence and was sentenced to 3 years of probation in 2022. The other charges were dropped.

Judge Susan Miller-Jones ordered Charles held without bond for violating probation and set bail at $25,300 on the other charges.

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  • He kisses someone in the lobby of an apartment building, and the police decide to search his apartment with a warrant? It doesn’t exactly make sense.

    • I guess it does if he is a known drug dealer. You could say: he had to have been high to have kissed her thus, let’s search his abode? It’s called skating on thin ice LOL.

      • His probation officer can search his apartment at any time without a warrant. Maybe he needed to have the cops bust open the door for him, hence the warrant. Doing bath salts is skating on thin ice.

    • You dont know the whole story, they had justified reasons to search his apartment. It wasnt just a kiss………

  • Kiss me once….and kiss me twice…and I’ll get the Po Po to slap the cuffs on you too!

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