Franklin Teen Charged with Sexual Battery, Battery of Elderly Person

By: Eyewitness News; FCSO Release
By: Eyewitness News; FCSO Release

2-2-2012

A Franklin County high school student has been arrested on multiple rape and burglary charges.

The 16 year old is charged in two cases. One in Carrabelle and one in Applachicola. Both happened last year. The Franklin County Sheriff's office says due to the severity of the charges he'll be charged as an adult.

Leonard Green was arrested on January 18th at his high school.

Deputies say he broke into homes and raped two women. DNA tests have positively linked him to both cases. One of those involving a 65 year old woman.

People in this normally quiet town say authorities are right to charge him as an adult.

Jackie Coarsey, a Carrabelle resident, says, "At 16 he knows exactly what he's doing and therefore should be punished."

Joanie Bassler, another resident, adds, "I don't really care how old he is when you do something like you need to be it has to be the hardest punishment."

Cathy Poston, a Carrabelle resident, says, "It is kind of unusual been here a year and a half and nothing like this has ever happened before."

Green is being held at the Franklin County Jail. Investigators say because of his age he's in a separate area than the other inmates.

Green is being held without bond.

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Feb. 2, 2012 - Noon -

A Franklin County teen is behind bars, accused in one battery and several sexual batteries. Deputies say one of his victims was an elderly person.

Officers say one of the incidents happened in Carrabelle, Florida.
Investigators started looking into these sexual assaults after an incident was reported in August of last year in Apalachicola.

That investigation and other incidents that followed led to the arrest of 16-year-old Leonard Green of Eastpoint, Florida. Investigators say the sexual batteries happened in Apalachicola and in Carrabelle.

Deputies say Green broke into the victim's homes and raped them.
Investigators say DNA linked Green to both sexual batteries.

Investigators are also looking into a third case.

Green is being charged as an adult and is being held, without bond, in the Franklin County Jail.

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Feb. 2, 2012 -

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Apalachicola Police Department and the Carrabelle Police Department conducted a lengthy investigation of sexual batteries which occurred in Apalachicola, Florida, and Carrabelle, Florida during months of August and December 2011. As a result of the investigation, Leonard Green, 16, of Eastpoint, Florida, was arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on January 18, 2012. Green was charged with 2 counts; Burglary of a Dwelling with Persons Assaulted; 2 counts; Sexual Battery and 1 count of Battery on a Person 65 years of age or Older.

DNA evidence taken from the crime scenes matched Green’s DNA profile. On January 26, 2012 the State Attorney’s Office filed an information with the Circuit Court charging Green as an adult. Green is being held, without bond, in the Franklin County Jail.


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