Robert Bryant came to work as a maintenance employee at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors on August 27, 2013, two years before the playground for children opened up there. He was terminated involuntarily on September 12, 2016, one year after it opened.
SFGN has learned that Bryant, also known as Robert Generazio, was a twice convicted sex offender, whose employment at the Pride Center violated state law, and may lead to his arrest.
The Broward County State Attorney’s office confirmed Bryant’s employment, after the Pride Center was required to respond to a subpoena issued by the Sex Crimes Unit of the prosecutor’s office.
The Pride Center’s CEO, Robert Boo, declined to reply to SFGN’s requests in August to confirm his employment.
“As you know, The Pride Center is legally unable to respond to specific questions about current or former employees, including whether or not someone is or was an employee,” Boo said.
Actually, there is no such state law. SFGN reached out to several lawyers who specialize in employment law that refuted this assertion.
However, Boo spoke to the media at length when it was discovered that Clarence Collins, another convicted sex offender, was discovered to have been working there for 15 years.
SFGN conducted a four-month investigation in order to confirm that the Robert Bryant employed at the center was the same Robert Bryant that worked at the center. Several other people who use the center’s facilities confirmed his identity, but SFGN declined to publish the story until it was authenticated by authorities. That confirmation came last week from the Broward County State Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit.
SFGN reached out to Boo again, but as of press time, he has not responded.
Boo told SFGN in August that there are no known sex offenders currently working at the Center.
“There are no known current employees of The Pride Center with sex offender records,” Boo said. “In addition, with the exception of the case you have previously reported [Clarence Collins], I have been unaware of any current or former employees with sex offender records.”
Earlier this year SFGN obtained an email from 2015 from local activist Michael Rajner to the Wilton Manors City Commission expressing concerns over the playground project in regards to sex offenders.
“As The Pride Center moves forward with their playground as LGBT safe space for LGBT families and children, I do hope they run level 2 background checks on their employees and volunteers to ensure those who are sexual offenders are properly screened so not to endanger the safety and welfare of those families,” Rajner wrote.
After obtaining the email SFGN reached out to City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson to see what steps the city took.
“The City worked with the Pride Center during the design and build phase of the playground to ensure that the structures were permitted, constructed, and inspected for compliance with the South Florida Building Code,” she said. “The Pride Center campus is privately owned and the City does not have any Ordinances that govern private playground safety.”
After the stories about Collins appeared in SFGN the newspaper received an anonymous tip that a second sex offender, besides Collins, worked side by side with him. SFGN then took the steps to acquire Bryant’s court records detailing his convictions.
According to the probable cause affidavit from Bryant’s first arrest in 1982 he was charged with “sexual battery on a person 11 years old or younger.”
He pled no contest to having intercourse with the child and forcing the 11-year-old to perform oral sex on him. He was subsequently sentenced to four years of probation and counseling.
In 1992, he was charged again, this time accused of having intercourse with his stepdaughter, who was under 12 years old. He was found guilty, declared a felon, and sentenced to 10 years of probation. He did not make it.
Near the end of his term of probation Bryant was arrested again, and his probation was violated. He was found guilty again, and given a new sentence by the Judge.
This time, in March of 2003, Bryant AKA Generazio was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for violating the terms and conditions of his second probationary sentence.
After serving 7 years, he was released as a convicted sexual offender in 2010, and listed on Florida’s sex offender registry, under both of his names.
As a convicted sex offender, Bryant, was required to report his residence and places of employment on a regular basis to law enforcement authorities. Bryant now lives in Georgia.
SFGN has no information to prove whether the Pride Center ever knew of Bryant’s past sex offender history, or if he had any contact with children at the playground.