An elderly registered sex offender who was in prison after offering a woman $100,000 to buy her 8-year-old daughter died Thursday while in custody, according to the data.
Hellmuth Kolb, 85, was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on Aug. 25 on charges of violating his probation, which stems from his pleading no contest against charges of false jail time and battery in August 2019, records show.
Volusia County spokesman Gary Davidson wrote in an email that Kolb “was transported from prison to Halifax Health Medical Center on Tuesday for a medical problem and died in hospital on Thursday. The Volusia Sheriff’s Office is conducting a routine death investigation, which is common.”
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Port Orange police said Kolb approached a woman in Winn-Dixie, 4025 S. Nova Road, on Aug. 16, commenting on her daughter’s appearance and asking about the girl’s age, according to the arrest report.
Once outside the store, Kolb approached the woman and said he “wanted to make a deal,” the report said. Kolb told the woman he would give her $100,000 for the girl, the report said.
Bystanders asked Kolb why he was making such comments, to which Kolb laughed before walking back into the store.
Police found Kolb on a bench outside the store and asked if he had offered money for the woman’s child.
Kolb laughed and said, “We all love children,” the report said. Officers escorted Kolb to his vehicle while his wife finished shopping.
Kolb, originally from Austria, did not plead for wrongful prison sentences and battery charges in August 2019; he was sentenced to five years of probation, according to court records.
The terms of his probation, which resulted from a similar incident that occurred outside the Port Orange Walmart in 2018, prohibited him from having contact with minors except family members, and required that he be accompanied at major retail outlets/malls, according to the arrest report.
This article originally appeared in The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Florida sex offender who offered to buy woman’s daughter dies in custody