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North Florida Man Molested Young Child at Hurricane Shelter: Sheriff

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    Man Arrested for Touching Child at Hurricane Shelter

    The 60-year-old allegedly fondled the young girl while inside a high school gym during Hurricane Michael.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 12, 2018)

    What to Know

    • 60-year-old John Stapleton was arrested Thursday on charges including lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12.

    • Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies say the attack happened at a Crestview middle school that was turned into temporary housing.

    Authorities in Florida say a man molested a 6-year-old girl at an emergency hurricane shelter.

    News outlets report 60-year-old John Stapleton was arrested Thursday on charges including lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies say the attack happened at a Crestview middle school that was turned into temporary housing for shelter from Hurricane Michael.

    Deputies say a witness reported seeing a video of the homeless man touching a child in inappropriately underneath her clothing. They say authorities found the video and Stapleton admitted to touching the girl, though says it was "not in a lewd manner."

    It's unclear if Stapleton has a lawyer.

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