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Sex and theft charge lead Giuliani event organizer to quit

An organizer for a Rudy Giuliani presidential event in St. Petersburg plans to step down amid revelations of his arrests for allegedly extorting an FSU student in a sex case and his conviction for dealing in stolen state computers.

Barry S. Edwards, 45, told The Miami Herald that the charges against him were "old news'' …- and were "unfounded' in the student sex case -- but he nevertheless thought it would be best to withdraw from the Pinellas County Republican Party fundraiser because "I'm not relevant and I shouldn't be the story.''

Edwards said he was not being paid for organizing the Sept. 7 Reagan Day dinner, and had no real connection to the campaign of Giuliani, who is to be the keynote speaker at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club.

Edwards, a former Democratic party worker, most recently worked for Tarpon Springs Republican Rep. Peter Nehr.

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Arrest reports: Download Extortion.pdf Download Theft.pdf