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Man arrested for abusing child at hurricane evac center

2018-10-12 15:13
A 60-YEAR-OLD HOMELESS MAN WAS ARRESTED THURSDAY FOR TOUCHING A SIX-YEAR-OLD CHILD AT A HURRICANE EVACUATION CENTER. ACCORDING TO THE OKALOOSA SHERIFF 60-YEAR OLD JOHN STAPLETON IS CHARGED WITH LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION OF SOMEONE UNDER 12 YEARS OLD. A WITNESS TOLD DEPUTIES SHE SAW A RECORDING OF THE CHILD BEING TOUCHED UNDERNEATH HER CLOTHING. INVESTIGATORS WATCHED THE VIDEO. STAPLETON LATER ADMITTED TO THEM HE TOUCHED THE VICTIM BUT SAID IT WAS NOT IN A LEWD MANNER. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AT DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL IN CRESTVIEW. IT WAS BEING USED AS A HURRICANE SHELTER.