Crime & Safety

Man arrested for molesting child inside Florida hurricane shelter

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WKRG) - A homeless man has been arrested for allegedly sexually molesting a six-year-old child at a hurricane shelter in the Panhandle.

60-year old John Stapleton is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of someone under 12 years old.

A witness told deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office 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. The school was being used to house people during Hurricane Michael.


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