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Mental Health Counselor Arrested


Anthony H Conti Jr, 71 years old.





The Special Victims Unit has now identified four more victims, all of which were clients of Conti. The first three victims all involved “messaging/touching therapy” by Conti letting the victim believe that sexual contact by the him is consistent with or part of the treatment.


The fourth victim, was similar in circumstances and in this case, Conti touched the victim’s genitals on two separate occasions. Conti news charges are:


·         3cts Attempt - Psychotherapist Engage in Sex with Client

·         2 ct - Psychotherapist Engage in Sex with Client, Felony 2.


Conti has a first appearance hearing today at 1:00 p.m.


The Lakeland Police Department believes there could be more potential victims. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to come forward and speak with a detective by calling 863.834.8977. All victim’s identities will remain confidential as protected by Florida State Law.




LAKELAND, FL (September 27, 2016)


On September 12, 2016, the Lakeland Police Department began to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by psychotherapist, Anthony H. Conti Jr. Conti is a licensed Mental Health Counselor at Tony Conti, M.A. Counseling Center, located at 1962 E. Edgewood Drive in Lakeland.  The first victim, 29 years of age, contacted Conti in late June / early July.


During her third visit with Conti, he mentioned how he could help rid her body of toxins and he discussed four levels of treatment. Conti explained that level one consisted of touching her on the neck, down the neck, the arm and breast region. He further stated that level four was intimate with hands on touching. Conti began level one treatment and the session ended.


On September 2, 2016, the victim received a phone call from Conti and he inquired as to why she hadn’t scheduled another session. The victim thought the phone call was out of the normal for him to contact her for an appointment, but she agreed to another session.


On September 10, 2016, the victim arrived for another session and Conti had her lay down on a sofa. Conti explained that there were glands in her breast region at which time he placed both of his hands underneath her bra and “groped” her breasts multiple times. The victim explained that she didn’t feel comfortable with this and had to leave. The victim stated that Conti then put his hands down her pants. The session ended and the victim later spoke with the State Attorney’s Office and they forwarded the case to the Lakeland Police Department.



Second Victim


On September 20, 2016, the Lakeland Police Department began a second investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct by Anthony Conti, Jr. The 39-year-old victim in this case had been treated by Conti since December of 2015. During a session on September 9, 2016, the victim stated that Conti rubbed her legs vigorously with both hands. Conti had also been talking to her for months about eastern medicine therapy and neurotransmitter releases that can be done. He further went into detail about serotonin’s and how Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid are produced in your stomach and dopamine that is produced in your crotch area. During this session, the victim stated Conti commented on how gorgeous she was. The session ended and another one was scheduled.


On September 15, 2016, the victim arrived for another session and Conti brought up the aforementioned therapies and explained the science behind it.  Conti had the victim lay down and he began rubbing her stomach under her shirt. He then proceeded to slide his hand underneath her pants and her underwear. The victim stated she felt embarrassed and froze. Conti continued to rub her inner thighs while he explained about her lymph nodes and the importance of them. The victim further stated that Conti began to massage her underneath her panties. The victim then told Conti to stop at which point he did. Conti then moved to her upper chest and explained the mechanics of his touch. He proceeded to touch her breast and told her she had beautiful breasts. The session ended and the victim left.


On September 27,2016, the victims worked with undercover detectives and made contact with Conti. During this visit, the victim asked Conti about him touching her during the previous therapy. Conti advised he does this because he is trying to restart the body and he referenced to touching the butt, breasts and vagina. Conti spoke of several other techniques, such as pelvic floor stimulation, and how they help relieve depression. 


Anthony H. Conti, Jr. was placed under arrest shortly after the session and charged with:


2cts Psychotherapist Engage in Sex with Client, Felony 2.


Conti was later transported to the Polk County Jail. The investigation is ongoing with the Special Victims Unit and the State Attorney’s Office, who assisted in the investigation. 


The Lakeland Police Department believes there could be more potential victims. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to come forward and speak with a detective by calling 863.834.8977. All victim’s identities will remain confidential as protected by Florida State Law.







Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.


Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump To Visit Lakeland Tomorrow

Donald Trump is set to appear at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport’s Sheltair Hangar, 3440 Airfield Drive West, at 3 p.m. October 12. The doors are scheduled to open at noon. The Lakeland Police Department will be assisting the U.S. Secret Service with security, assisting with the traffic flow and crowd control. There will be numerous Magnetometer checkpoints and the U.S. Secret Service advised the below listed items will not be allowed:

• Firearm of any type
• Weapon of any type
• Hazardous materials
Chemical materials
Radiological materials
Biological materials
• Knives (of any kind)
• Toy guns / toy weapons
• Fireworks
• Pepper spray / mace
• Scissors
• Razor blades
• Needles
• Leatherman brand tools (or similar)
• Screwdrivers (or similar)
• Glass bottles
• Tripods
• Coolers
• Air-horns
• Laser pointers
• Aerosol containers
• Soda cans
• Sticks / poles
• Baseballs, softballs, etc
• Produce (depends on event)
• Umbrellas (depends on event)

The Lakeland Police Department recognizes and respects everyone's right to express their First Amendment, and we will do everything possible to ensure the event is safe for all attendees and surrounding neighborhoods. Expect security to be heavy and visible as the Lakeland Police Department will have a large presence at the rally. People coming to the event, living or working near the airport should expect delays and plan alternate modes of transportation.

The temperature is expected to be 85 degrees tomorrow so please take precautionary measures to avoid the harmful effects of dehydration, including the following:

• Drink plenty of fluids beforehand
• Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing.
• Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance.
• Dress appropriately for the elements.

Parking Information

The Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will be closing Don Emerson Drive to all thru traffic for pedestrian safety at 10:00am. Those attending the event will enter the parking lots via Airfield Ct. E. at the intersection of Drane Field Road. There will be two trams looping through the parking lot. There is limited handicap parking. Based on the number of expected attendees the lots should fill quickly. Once they reach capacity the lots will be closed and all additional traffic will be turned away. 

Protestors will be directed to a designated area off of Don Emerson Drive across from the Hilton Garden Inn.

These plans are fluid and subject to change depending on conditions and as we learn more. We will be doing our best to communicate this event to surrounding businesses and the public so please follow our social media sites for updates throughout the day tomorrow.


LAKELAND, FL (October 5, 2016) - On October 5, 2016 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Officer Derek Gulledge observed a vehicle in the area of Ingram Avenue and S. Road 98, that had cut him off in traffic causing him to hit his brakes. Officer Gulledge then ran the tag of the vehicle and it came back listed as a 2015 Nissan Altima, 4-door stolen out of Winter Haven on August 19, 2016.

Officer Gulledge followed the stolen vehicle waiting for additional police units to assist and he did not use his emergency lights at this time as not to alert the driver. At Kathleen Road and 10th Street, officers attempted to block the stolen vehicle in to prevent a pursuit. The driver was able to maneuver his vehicle around the police cars and avoid being blocked in. The suspect accelerated fleeing to the Lakewood Terrace Apartments, 1315 West 14th Street.

The driver entered the main entrance in the middle of the complex and tried to stop the vehicle and it slid into a tree. The suspect then jumped out and fled on foot. Officers observed two additional passengers in the vehicle and they were taken into custody without incident for questioning. The driver was observed by another officer running into the breezeway of an apartment building. Additional officers on the perimeter were confident the suspect was in one of four apartments.  Further investigation by the officers revealed that one of the passengers, Larexia Honors lived in apartment #D-14 on the second floor in the same area that the suspect was believed to be hiding. The other three nearby apartments were checked and cleared by the officers. Honors gave the officers a verbal and written consent to check her apartment for the suspect.

Officers knocked on the door and no one responded. Police K-9 responded to assist and officers unlocked the door at which time two verbal warnings for the suspect to surrender were given. After no response was heard, the K-9 was released into the apartment and officers immediately heard a gunshot. Officers entered the apartment and located the suspect in a bedroom with a single gunshot to his forehead, and the handgun lying underneath him. The handgun is a KEL-Tec, PF-9, and it was loaded with six additional rounds. The suspect was transported to Lakeland Regional Health in grave condition.

Detectives responded to the scene and the two passengers were interviewed. Both passengers said they had been picked up earlier by the suspect in Lakeland. The mother of the suspect was also interviewed and she stated that during this time frame, the suspect called her and stated, “I’m not going back to jail, I’m going to kill myself” and then he hung up.

The suspect has been identified as Dayoshis Carter, 19 years of age, 407 Lee Street, Auburndale, Fl. He has a total of 13 arrest some of which include:

·       Simple Battery

·       Resisting an Officer

·       Theft

·       Disorderly Conduct

·       Possession of Marijuana

·       Trespassing

·       Aggravated Assault with a Weapon

·       Homicide

·       Weapon Offense

·       Fleeing to Elude an Officer

No officers fired shots or were injured during this incident and it’s very unfortunate that Carter decided to shoot himself instead of turning himself in. This investigation is still ongoing and for additional information of the stolen vehicle, please contact the Winter Haven Police Department.


LPD 12th Annual Open House

LPD 12th Annual Open House

The Lakeland Police Department will host their 12th Annual Open House on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This free event gives citizens the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Lakeland’s finest. This year’s event is focused on “See Something. Say Something”.  During this fun-filled family day, you can meet members of the SWAT team, take a peek inside LPD’s mobile command center, see the armored rescue vehicle up close and check out the k-9 team in action!  There will be tours of the police station beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running until 1:30 p.m. These tours include the Crime Lab, Communications Center and the Emergency Operations Center. The Community Services Unit will be doing bicycle helmet fittings and giving away free helmets to the children. Plenty of children’s activities, live entertainment and free hot dogs and popcorn make for a guaranteed good time!  

So gather your family, friends and neighbors and come out and enjoy a day with the Lakeland Police Department.