13-Year-Old Girl Walking Home From Indian Trails Was Molested, Incident Report Shows
FlaglerLive | January 30, 2015
Last Updated: Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Flagler Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Pine Lakes Parkway and Brushwood Lane in Palm Coast late Thursday afternoon in reference to a suspicious person. The associated incident report, released Friday morning but heavily redacted, lists the case as a “sex offense,” and a sheriff’s spokesman this morning specified that the incident “may have been a lewd and lascivious molestation.”
The investigation revealed that the 8th grader, who was walking home from Indian Trails middle school, was approached from behind by an adult male and “possibly assaulted,” according to a sheriff’s office news release. The incident report states that the lewd and lascivious battery was “committed,” not merely attempted. “This occurs when a person intentionally touches the breasts, genitals, or buttocks of a child younger than 16 in a lewd or lascivious manner; or encourages, forces, or entices a child younger than 16 to touch another person in a lewd or lascivious manner,” the sheriff’s spokesman explained in an email.
The incident report redacts the actual location of the incident, which goes beyond the scope of the allowed exemption under Florida law, which specifies that “The time, date, location, and nature of a reported crime” may not be redacted. FlaglerLive has asked the Sheriff’s Office to release that information. Sid Nowell, the sheriff’s attorney, later clarified that the location given in the report was the location where the statements about the incident were taken, and were the address of the girl’s home–which are protected. The closest to a precise location that the document reveals, Nowell said, is the intersection of Pine Lakes Parkway and Brushwood Lane.
“This is an active investigation and we’re grateful that the female student was not physically hurt,” said Sheriff Jim Manfre. “Detectives have been called out to the scene and deputies have been searching the area.”
The subject is described as a white male, 30-40 years of age, large build with brown hair (possibly balding) and brown eyes. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot and was described wearing black shoes, khaki gray pants, navy sweater with a zipper and a white stripe down the side.
The incident, according to a police report, took place at 3:40 p.m. “Several deputies arrived and the area shortly after the call came out and set up a perimeter,” the incident report states. “K9 responded to the area to conduct a search and had negative results. The perimeter units did not locate any male in the area matching the description provided.”
The girl’s 40-year-old parent provided a written statement to deputies, as did the girl.
“At this time,” a spokesperson for the sheriff told media Friday morning, “I do not have any updates regarding the incident from yesterday. Our investigation continues and the school resource deputies have been notified. Their duties include patrolling the campus, but they are keeping an extra watch today. Our road deputies are also conducting extra patrols in the area. I will keep you updated and informed as soon as I receive additional information.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911 in reference to case 2015-1152 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.00.
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