A substitute teacher from New Port Richey was arrested Friday after investigators allege he molested two children more than 50 times, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
The 68-year-old man was charged with multiple counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and lewd and lascivious battery.
His alleged victims were between the ages of 8 and 9 and 11 and 15, with the last molestation occurring in 2012, according to reports.
The man has been fired by the School Board and is being held without bond at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.
Child molestation is a serious charge that carries not only grave legal consequences, but has severe social consequences as well. The sad truth is that these types of accusations can ruin an innocent person’s life. A conviction of almost any type of child molestation charge will result in being labeled as a sex offender for life, which can destroy relationships with family and friends.
False accusations of child molestation happen every single day throughout the country. Sadly, prosecutors and the public are often inclined to side with the accuser in these cases. If the accusation leads to a conviction, the consequences will undoubtedly last a lifetime. It is absolutely vital that anyone accused of molesting a child consult with an attorney experienced in defending this type of crime as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime, a Pasco County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you determine what steps to take next in order to minimize the consequences of a conviction. Call us today at 727-847-2299 or contact us online for a free consultation.