The Influence

After his release from prison Jeremy Dewitte was juggling a marriage and dating apps, but he was also building the now infamous Metro-State Special Services. To balance it all he enlisted the help of a few people he kept close to him. One of those people was his brother, Dylan Kent Vogt.

Dylan was born on November 2, 1993. He is 13 years younger than Jeremy Dewitte and was only 11 years old when Jeremy was first arrested in January of 2005 for Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a minor. Like Jeremy, Dylan also inherited recessive auburn hair and like Jeremy he would later inherit issues with criminal courts. 

Taller and lankier Dylan Vogt appeared to follow his older brother’s lead. The first sign of Jeremy Dewitte’s influence was on September 9, 2013 when Dylan was ticketed for improper passing and driving on pavement. Dylan hired Daniel S. Lapina to defend him, the same Daniel S. Lapina who defended his brother Jeremy Dewitte during his criminal cases.

In 2014, 2015 and 2018 Dylan Vogt received tickets for failure to obey traffic controls, improperly stopping on a sidewalk and having prohibited red and blue lights on his vehicle.

For most of these traffic citations he retained Amir Ladan, the same Amir Ladan who assisted Jeremy Dewitte in the past in traffic court and the same Amir Ladan who is Jeremy’s current criminal defense attorney. 

Many people would elect to attend traffic school or handle the citation head on without legal assistance. But by 2014 Dylan Vogt was used to attorneys and the court system because on November 24, 2013 he was arrested and charged with Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a 12-15 year old. 

In a similar situation as his older brother Jeremy Dewitte, Dylan Vogt was accused of a sex crime. Unlike his older brother, Dylan was accused of attempting to commit the act. Twenty-eight other people were arrested in Osceola County, Florida in a child-sex sting. Dylan was one of the 28 arrested. 

Detectives posed as juveniles in chat rooms and some of the accused sent graphic sexual photos to the detectives. The suspects traveled to meet the minors in various meeting locations and were arrested. Undercover deputies involved in this sting were from Lake, Polk, Osceola and Orange Counties to name a few. 

Dylan Vogt was charged with unlawful use of a two-way communication device, possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, traveling to meet a minor for an unlawful sexual act, criminal attempt to solicit or conspire and Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a 12-15 year old. 

Ronald Ecker was Dylan’s defense attorney and at his first appearance on November 25, 2013 Dylan’s bond was set at $65,250 which was $62,750 more than his brother Jeremy Dewitte’s $2,500 bond in 2005 when Jeremy was accused of two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a 12-15 year old. Dylan Vogt was bonded out a week later on December 2, 2013. 

On September 17, 2014 Dylan took a plea deal and he was given 12 months of community control, a stricter form of probation, and an additional 4 years of actual probation. He was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and a drug and alcohol evaluation. Dylan Vogt only pled guilty to unlawful use of a two-way communication, possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

On August 11, 2015 Dylan Vogt’s defense attorney filed a motion to modify because he wanted to be able to return to his parents’ home. His sister and her son lived in the home and Dylan was unable to live there because his nephew was a minor.

On August 17, 2015 the motion was granted and Dylan was able to return home on the condition his interactions with his nephew were supervised at all times. 

Daniel Lapina, defense attorney for Jeremy Dewitte’s previous criminal cases, became the defense attorney for Dylan Vogt and on September 27, 2017 he filed a motion asking for early termination of Dylan’s 4 year probation. The motion was denied on May 16, 2018 and in September 2019 Dylan Vogt’s probation ended. 

Ironically Dylan’s probation ended the same month his brother Jeremy Dewitte was arrested by Windermere Police on September 7, 2019. This also wasn’t the end of Dylan Vogt’s own troubles because an incident that occurred in the summer of 2017 would come back to hunt him and his brother Jeremy.