By: Ellen Liburt

Newspaper Suspends Reporter After Rape Charge

by Ellen Liburt

Judging by his clips in The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel archives, Jumoke
R. Gamble was a pretty good sports reporter. The 25-year-old employee
was preparing to relocate in a day or so to Tallahassee – to cover
sports there for the Sentinel – when Mount Dora police arrested him
at his apartment Aug. 1 on a sexual battery (or rape) charge, a
first-degree felony.

Bail was set at $50,000, and, after making it, Gamble was released
from Lake County Jail Aug. 4.

According to police, Gamble’s rap sheet spans seven years and three
states, and it includes convictions for maiming, assault with the
intent to cause serious injury, and criminal possession of a weapon.

In addition to proceedings associated with his most recent arrest,
police said, Gamble faces a trial date Aug. 28 in connection with
charges brought this February by the Orlando police – three counts
each of kidnapping and battery, and one of robbery.

Previously, Gamble was sentenced to 10 years of probation after a
July 1993 incident in Hampton, Va., and five years of probation after
an October 1993 incident in New York, police said. Following an arrest
in March 1995, police said, Gamble was found guilty of trespassing, a

Editor John Haile said Gamble, who has worked at the Sentinel about
eight months, has been suspended because of the latest police

Questioned about the paper’s standard operating procedure regarding job
applicants with criminal records, Haile answered, ‘We’re obviously
concerned about the situation, but, at the same time, it’s a police
matter that needs to be handled that way.’


Ellen Liburt (eliburt@editorandpublisher.com)

is a reporter for E&P.

(c) Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher

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