Timothy Poole, a Florida man who was put in jail for molesting five- and nine-year-old boys, won close to $3 million dollars in December 2014. Now, almost a decade after the original arrest, Poole has settled with his victims outside of court.
Poole, a family friend and babysitter of the boys, had sexually molested the children at their home, in his truck, and at his house. According to ClickOrlando, he was arrested in 1996 and jailed for three years, despite maintaining his innocence. After his time in prison he was forced to register as a sex offender.
Then, in 2014, Poole hit it big with a Super Millions scratch-off ticket purchased at a 7-Eleven. He received a total of $2,219,807 in a one-time lump sum. Many lawmakers at the time attempted to change the rules of the lottery such that sexual predators could no longer participate in the same ways as average civilians. They were unsuccessful in doing so.
When the boys he had molested heard of his winnings they went after him, claiming that Poole had caused them "significant physical, mental, emotional and sexual harm."
"There is no price tag for something like that," the plaintiff's attorney, Mark NeJame, said.
It is unclear just how much the suit was settled for.
Poole will continue to live in a mobile home accross the street from his previous house. He will use the rest of the money to expand his family's taxi cab business.