Rogue Nation member escapes prosecution in incident at Villages Elementary School in Lady Lake
A member of Rogue Nation escaped prosecution in an incident earlier this year at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake.
Shawn Berry, 55, of Belleview, was arrested on May 17 after showing up for school on Rolling Acres Road wearing a reflective safety vest and with his cell phone on a tripod. It recorded the dismissal of the students, mimicking the actions of James Frederick Lewis, 66, of The Villages, arrested the previous week at the same primary school. The pair were reportedly there to film their interactions with law enforcement and post their videos on the Rogue Nation website.
Berry has been charged with trespassing in a school safety zone.
The state attorney’s office decided not to pursue the case against Berry and the charge was dropped. The decision was based on case law “which found that a provision of the law” upon which the charge was based “is unconstitutionally vague”.
Lewis is scheduled to appear in Lake County court on Wednesday.
The Rogue Nation case has sown consternation among members of the Lady Lake Commission who were told town employees were harassed on their way to work. At one point, the commission considered the installation of a $ 52,000 fence around an employee parking lot. However, the commission later agreed to put up no-trespassing signs.