Local Woman Charged with Molestation [PROBABLE CAUSE ATTACHED]

By: Tallahassee Police Department, Mike Springer Email
By: Tallahassee Police Department, Mike Springer Email

Tallahassee, FL, November 28, 2012 - A 30-year-old Tallahassee woman is behind bars tonight.

She's accused of molesting a young girl and police are asking for your help as their investigation digs deeper.

A four-page arrest affidavit details the alleged molestation of a young girl by 30-year-old Rosa Stephens.

According to police, the girl was spending the night at a friend's house back in October. It was during this sleepover, police say the girl was allegedly molested by Stephens who was also spending the night.

"Sometime during the night, Ms. Stephens went into the victim's room and touched them inappropriately," says Officer David Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department.

According to the affidavit, Stephens, pulled down the girl's clothes and began touching the girl's chest and licking her stomach.

Police say the girl pushed Stephens off of her and Stephens left the room.

The victim then told her grandmother what happened. The grandmother contacted police who arrested Stephens.

But because police are unsure if there are any other victims, they are asking for your help.

"When someone is committing acts of this nature, they tend to have done them possibly before. So there is no evidence or anything pointing us in that direction we are just asking that if anyone does believes they did have any inappropriate contact with Ms. Stephens, that they please come forward," says Northway.

Stephens was in court Wednesday morning. She is charged with fondling a child between the ages of 12 and 16.

At last check, Stephens was being held on a $25,000 bond at the Leon County Jail.

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Tallahassee, FL - November 28, 2012 - According to the clerk's office, Stephens made a first appearance this morning. She is being held on a $25,000 bond. She will be assigned a public defender. The public defender will be assigned to her later this week, according to the clerk.

Stay with WCTV for more information.


Tallahassee Police Department Release

Tallahassee, FL - November 28, 2012 - On November 27th, Rosa Lee Stephens was arrested by Tallahassee Police Special Victims Investigators and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Minor. Due to concerns that Ms. Stephens may possibly have had inappropriate contact with other children, TPD is asking anyone who believes they have pertinent information about Ms. Stephens to please call the Special Victims Unit at (850) 891- 4273.

Please see the attached Probable Cause Affidavit for more details.


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