>>ANA: Florida recently had a big lottery winner. A man by the name of Timothy Poole who won three million dollars in a scratch off ticket in Florida. Now, there’s a little bit of an issue, because it turns out that he is a convicted sex offender. In fact, he’s a registered sex offender. And the two people that he sexually assaulted were boys back in the 1990’s so let me give you the background of that: “In 1999-accorded to report-“he was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 9-year old boy. He ultimately pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery as part of a plea bargain and served 13 months in jail.” So stop right there. It’s amazing, okay? He’s convicted of sexual assault and he gets 13 months in jail. And that’s how plea bargains work. You get a lesser sentence if you plead guilty. “He was” -actually- “released on probation which was revoked in 2003 after he ditched his mandatory counselling sessions. He was then sentenced to another three years in jail So that’s what happens after he violates his probation. Now, interestingly enough, he wins this lottery. And there are no laws in the state of Florida against registered sex offenders winning lotteries. So he can collect the money. There’s no problem. But now the two victims are coming forward. They’re unidentified. And they want a part of his winnings. They feel that they should be compensated for the damages and the emotional stress that they’ve suffered after he assaulted them.>>CENK: So mixed feelings on this. But in the end, I think it’ll be clear. So first of all, we’ve usually been on the side of, look, once somebody serves their sentence, we’re done with them. It is what it is and the justice system has gone through the process. We don’t know the details of what he did to those boys. But is seems like 13 months was incredibly low. And he (inaudible) for the reasons that Ana explained. Thinking about it drives me crazy. Whatever happened happened in terms of the justice system. And he did his time, and he’s out. So the state shouldn’t go back and say oh, now you got some money? Okay, now give it to me and I’m gonna give it to your victims. But that’s not what the state is doing.>>ANA: No, the state is not getting involved. It’s a civil suit.>>CENK: So it’s a civil suit. And there’s no statute of limitations for sexual assault under the age of 16. So they can definitely go to court and ask for damages. So then it becomes relatively simple. Of course they have a right to do that. And they will do that. And then the jury will decide how much damages they should get.>>ANA: Originally I thought that this would be a difficult story to rule on just because I didn’t know whether or not it was the state going after him. How’s this going to work? But originally, he dealt with a criminal trial. He was convicted, and he paid the consequences for that. But now since this is a civil suit, absolutely they should go after him, especially if they had to go through therapy and anything related to getting over the trauma that they suffered because of this sexual assault. So they’re likely to win. But it’s interesting because even though he pleaded guilty back in 1999, now he’s saying that he’s innocent. And it’s because, of course, he doesn’t want to pay any type of settlement or pay anything that the jury decides that he needs to pay.>>CENK: His friend Floyd Snyder says he’s a very positive person, very kind, giving. I think that’s why he won. It’s Christmas time and the dude deserves a break. Well, that nine-year old and five-year old deserved a break. And I don’t know if he assaulted them. I don’t know if it was Christmas time or not. But that’s for a jury to decide now. So go to trial and see what happens. So I don’t shed a tear for the guy that, oh, the poor guy after he did the sexual assault he wins the lottery and now those kids want some of the money that he won. Look, man, civil is different than criminal. You’re not being retried for that same crime. It’s a totally different situation here. In a civil proceeding. So sad day for you. And it was a far worse day for those kids.>>ANA: Absolutely.