Defendant is reportedly a minister and great-grandson of Henry Flagler's business associate. In St. Johns County Courthouse, someone named "Matt" has prevented website viewing of any files until a county court judge rules on a "confidentially" (sic) order. Meanwhile, FREDERIC STERRY SMITH's photo is deleted from St. Johns County Jail website.
This is now a national story. Defendant FREDERIC STERRY SMITH is a local business owner, reportedly a minister and great-grandson of Henry Flagler's business associate. Someone named "Matt" has apparently put the kibosh on our reading the file on the Internet until the county court judge rules on a "confidentially" (sic) order.
His photo has been deleted from the St. Johns County Jail log website.
Is defendant FREDERIC STERRY SMITH a law enforcement officer of some sort, past or present?
And who is "Matt" and why does Matt have plenipotentiary powers to intervene in SAPD hate crimes prosecutions on behalf of the defendant?
Police: Florida minister writes anti-gay message on receipt, shoves it down female manager’s shirt
Anti-gay message on receipt at Milagro On 12 Latin Kitchen leads to confrontation, arrest
Frederic Sterry Smith, 62, of St. Augustine [SJCSO]
By Travis Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at 1:52 PM
Updated Aug 2, 2019 at 1:52 PM
St. Augustine Record
The owner of a local music business was arrested Saturday after he was accused of writing a homophobic message on his waiter’s receipt and then ripping it up and stuffing it down the restaurant manager’s shirt.
According to a report from the St. Augustine Police Department, Frederic Sterry Smith, 62, of St. Augustine was charged with simple battery after a confrontation outside Milagro On 12 Latin Kitchen downtown.
The issues began Saturday evening when Smith, who co-owns Sterry Piano Company, reportedly gave his server a zero-dollar tip and wrote “if he wasn’t gay,” on the receipt, according to the report.
The server then showed the receipt to the manager who then confronted Smith outside and asked if he really wrote the words on his check. Smith told the manager he did write the message, according to the police report, and then grabbed her by the collar, pulled it open and shoved the receipt down her shirt. As he did, his hand touched her breast, the manager and a witness told police. Smith then got into a car and drove off.
Using the receipt, officers were able to find Smith about an hour later and asked him about the incident. During questioning, according to the report, Smith said “I can say whatever I want, to whoever I want!” and denied touching the manager before the officer explained why they were interviewing him. He also became verbally abusive and angry, the report stated.
Smith, who is known as “Ric” according to a 2017 story from St. Augustine Social, was arrested and charged with simple battery, a first-degree misdemeanor. His bond was set at $500 and he was released Sunday from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office jail.
St. Johns County Jail website shows that FREDERIC STERRY SMITH spent a night and jail and that his mugshot has been deleted:
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 2:15 pm
Subject: Request No. 2019-316: Anti-Gay Battery in St. Augustine, Florida: Secrecy in State of Florida v. Frederic Sterry Smith, Case No. 19001283MMMA
|"PER MATT- ALL DOCUMENTS TO BE HIDDEN FROM THE WEB UNTIL THIS OFFICE RECEIVES ORDER FROM JUDGE REF THE CONFIDENTIALLY(sic) OF THIS CASE,"|
|who is "Matt?":|