Prison guard who videotaped woman gets probation
PUNTA GORDA — A former corrections officer charged with videotaping a sexual encounter with a woman and uploading it to the Internet without her permission was sentenced to 12 months of probation at the Charlotte County Justice Center on Tuesday.
Nicholas Robert Fornaro, 26, of Edgewater, Md., pleaded no contest to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of distributing obscene material. Another charge of video voyeurism was dropped. Circuit Judge Amy Hawthorne said Fornaro must undergo a psychiatric evaluation and pay a $500 fine, as well as $200 in court costs and $50 for prosecution charges.
Fornaro met the victim through a personal ad on an Internet website, then invited her to his Punta Gorda home in September, where he videotaped them having sex. Before she left, the victim said she asked for $60 in ‘gas money,’ and he gave her a shark’s tooth, a report said.
The victim’s brother found the video of her having sex with Fornaro while surfing a pornographic website, according to the report.
Fornaro had been formerly worked at Charlotte Correctional Institution, but had quit to move to Maryland.
Woman who skewered husband convicted
PUNTA GORDA — The woman who grabbed a food skewer and stabbed her husband a half-dozen times on his arms and stomach in November was sentenced to 12 months of probation on Tuesday.
Tammy Ellen Chance, 29, of the 900 block of Silver Springs Terrace, Port Charlotte, pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated battery at the Charlotte County Justice Center. She must also take anger management classes and donate to the local Red Cross and domestic violence fund as well as pay court and attorney fees, 20th Circuit Court Judge Amy Hawthorne ruled Tuesday.