Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Child in 1979
An elderly Wisconsin man remains behind bars as of Friday on charges that he allegedly raped a 9-year-old boy when he resided in east Volusia County nearly 34 years ago.
The boy, now 43, came forward to police with the allegations last year.
He apparently told investigators that the now 73-year-old man raped him in the bathroom of a Holly Hill-area home one morning in August 1979.
The alleged victim claims he missed his school bus on Aug. 14, 1979 and the man asked him if he wanted to stay home, according to a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Investigators believe the boy said yes and stayed with the man.
The report indicates that the man asked the boy to come into the bathroom and to take off his clothes for a shower, which they often took together to save water.
Then, the man allegedly molested the boy, according to the report.
Many of the details regarding the report are blacked out because of the nature of the allegations.
Volusia County deputies arrested the elderly man on Wednesday.
He is charged with sexual battery of a victim under age 12 and lewd and lascivious molestation.
The man lives in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, a town about 43 miles north of Milwaukee.
His accuser resides in St. Petersburg.
The alleged abuse happened at a home in the 1400 block of Alabama Avenue near Holly Hill.
The elderly man apparently told investigators that the sexual assault never happened. He is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
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