Lake City Sex Offender Accused of New Sex Crime

A registered sex offender who was previously convicted of two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a minor is now accused of molesting a girl under the age of 12.

The 52-year-old Lake City man was arrested Sunday on one count of lewd and lascivious molestation.

According to an arrest report, the alleged molestation happened at a Lake City home within a very short walking distance from the man’s residence, near U.S. 90.

The report said that about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was called to the residence in reference to a disturbance. When a deputy arrived on scene, the disturbance turned into an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct on a 6-year-old girl.

According to the report, when the child’s mother got home from work, her youngest daughter told her that she was inappropriately touched by the man. Her 11-year-old daughter said there was a video recording of the alleged inappropriate contact. The oldest daughter told her mother she was making a video with her tablet for fun around their home when she allegedly captured the moment when the man allegedly grabbed her younger sister, the report stated.

Details about what was in the video were redacted from the arrest report.

The man was booked Sunday evening into the Columbia County jail, where he remained on $100,000 bond as of Monday afternoon.

Being accused of a sex crime is extremely difficult. If you have been convicted of a sex crime in the past, it can be even harder to escape being charged with new sex crimes in the area you reside. The minute police begin their investigation into you, your life changes. They will do everything in their power to make you look guilty no matter how innocent you are.

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