Local Teen Arrested for Sexual Battery on Minors

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Wakulla County Sheriff's Department Release


Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested an 18-year-old Crawfordville teenager in connection with a series of sexually related offenses committed against underage children, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.

Jamal Jerez Gavin faces charges of felony sexual battery with a weapon on a victim of 12 years of age; misdemeanor battery; and felony lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a child under age 16.

During the month of October, detectives investigated three complaints involving a 12-year-old male victim, a 13-year-old female victim, and a 17-year-old female victim.

The male victim told investigators that he was forced to perform a sex act on Gavin while he was at the victim’s home playing video games. When the victim refused to follow Gavin’s demand, Gavin produced a knife and threatened the victim. Gavin was charged with sexual battery with a weapon in the case.

The 13-year-old female victim told investigators that Gavin touched her inappropriately while she was in a swimming pool during the summer. The victim provided three incidents where Gavin touched her in inappropriate locations. He was charged with a lewd and lascivious act in the case.

The 17-year-old female victim disclosed that Gavin grabbed her inappropriately while she was outside a Crawfordville business before she could get away. Gavin was charged with battery in the case.

Gavin was transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident and remains in the jail with no bond.

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