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Florida man arrested, accused of sexually molesting child at hurricane shelter

Posted: 1:16 PM, Oct 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-12 17:53:51-04

A 60-year-old man was arrested in Florida accused of sexually molesting a six-year-old at a school being used as a hurricane shelter.

Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office say they arrested John Stapleton on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under the age of twelve.

John Stapleton
John Stapleton courtesy Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

According to deputies, a witness allegedly told deputies she saw a recording of the child being touched lewdly under her clothing by Stapleton. Deputies say they reviewed the video and that Stapleton allegedly admitted to touching the child but not in a lewd manner.

The incident allegedly took place at Davidson Middle School which had been set up as a shelter for those seeking refuge from Hurricane Michael.

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John Stapleton arrest courtesy Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook