For the second year in a row, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office detectives ran criminal background checks on carnival employees and contractors for the county fair, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. This resulted in the arrest of two carnival employees for pending criminal charges in other counties.
“We want to do everything we can to protect the public,” Sheriff Mascara said. “That’s why we ran the names of all 212 carnival employees of Strates Shows, Inc. We found no sex offenders, but two carnival workers had active warrants. Our primary goal was to keep sex offenders away from the fair, which is a family event.”
John Drolet, DOB 3/22/61, of Gibsonton, Fla., failed to appear in Hillsoborough County Court for fishing without a license. Karim Bendagha, DOB 3/7/68, of Cocoa, Fla., was wanted in Brevard County for violation of probation following a battery conviction. Both men were taken to the St. Lucie County jail.
Florida law requires every convicted sex offender to register any temporary address change within 48 hours. The St. Lucie County Fair runs for two weeks.