[UPDATE] Gadsden Co. Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Juvenile

[UPDATE] Feb. 2, 2012, 7p.m.

A Gadsden County man is in trouble with the law for sexual battery. The 36-year-old is charged with molesting a boy under the age of 16. Authorities say the man also has a history of domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend.

Many people I spoke to say they are relieved to hear that 36-year-old Leonard Shay Kelly is behind bars. One person even says it "made their day." Those who know him say Kelly has caused problems for many over the years.

Westley Bruner says last year he called the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office on his neighbor for trespassing. Bruner says he's happy to hear of 36-year-old Leonard Kelly's new arrest.

A juvenile told deputies Kelly touched him and forced him to reciprocate. The juvenile also said Kelly performed oral sex on him while riding in a car.

Neighbor Westley Bruner says, "I got some daughters and for me to know that he's been locked up for that, it's a peace that he's not around here."

Deputies say Kelly's live-in girlfriend has been a victim of several incidents of domestic battery. Investigators say he even tried to entice his girlfriend to allow a juvenile to engage in sexual activity with them.

Deputies say Kelly could also be facing charges stemming from a warrant from Havana Police. Deputies say one day last month, Kelly went inside of this Dollar General store in Havana where his girlfriend was, he ended up calling for his pit bull inside on his girlfriend, the store manager, and several patrons.

We have a significant interest in keeping our community safe. We want to do what we can to protect our residents.

Westley says, "If he does something wrong and that gets him arrested, it makes me feel a lot better."

Deputies say Kelly is a suspect in thefts, trespassings, aggravated assaults, and various other crimes. His criminal record dates back to 1994 when Kelly was just 18. Kelly is in the Gadsden County Jail awaiting his first appearance.

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Gadsden County, Florida - Feb. 2, 2012

A Gadsden County man is behind bars for sexually assaulting someone 16-years-old or younger. The 36-year-old man has also been in trouble for domestic battery on his live-in girlfriend.

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Release

After extensive run-ins with the law enforcement throughout Gadsden County, 36 year old Leonard Shay Kelly, was arrested on two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and once county of sexual assault on a person 16 years of age or less. Kelly who had a neighborhood in Havana, Florida in an uproar over his continuous criminal activity, was arrested after a juvenile victim disclosed that Kelly allegedly touched the victim and forced the juvenile victim to touch Kelly as well. The juvenile victim went on to state that Kelly orally molested the victim while traveling in a vehicle.

Kelly, who was also arrested earlier this year for domestic battery, was said to have tried to entice the mother of the juvenile victim to allow the juvenile victim to engage in sexual activity with them.

The neighborhood in Havana, Florida, where Kelly lived, banned together attempting to get Kelly removed from the entire neighborhood. Kelly was a suspect in thefts, trespassing, aggravated assaults, and various other crimes. His criminal past began
back as far as 1994 at the age of 18. Kelly is now being held in the Gadsden County Jail, awaiting first appearance, with additional charges of aggravated assault from a warrant issued by Havana Police Department after he released a pit bull inside of the Dollar General on his live-in girlfriend, store manager, and several patrons.

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  • by jefflucasjr@yahoo.com Location: maine on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:04 PM
    sounds like hes a skinner u know what skinners get in jail shay lol now who laughing now
  • by Sharon Location: Havana on Feb 7, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    This did not Happen At the Dollar General In Havana.. It was The Family Dollar... Please get your facts right.
  • by Shayter on Feb 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    Oh, so it was her kid. Hopefully they will put her and her kids in a witness protection program.
  • by shayter on Feb 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    is this guy still with the native american (she claims)? she had two kids when they lived in my neighborhood. Hope it wasn't her son that was victimized.
  • by Don't feel sorry for you. Location: Tallahassee on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    I worked with this sicko about 20 years ago he was a theif then and talked a good game. I hope someone puts him under the jail and never lets him out. By the way it was one of my friends that knocked his teeth out a few years back for stealing his stuff. I was happy when I had heard that my friend did that and very happy now that he did. Can't stand someone that would hurt a child. May he burn in hell.
  • by Boland Location: Tallahassee on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    Just wait loser, Big Bubba is waiting on a new cell mate.....
  • by Happy to hear on Feb 3, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    i am so glad to here that this man is behind bars for that is were he belongs he is always doing wrong and causes other people problems and it is not right to have to live on his street and wonder if your place is next to be robbed or him creeping around your house for his parents need to stop helping him get out of trouble all the time that is part of the problem they bail him out all the time
  • by just saying Location: Havana on Feb 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    I am pretty sure this is the guy that robbed my neighbor. His girlfriend was with him and actively participated in the robbery. I call that an accomplice not a victim and why isn't she behind bars too?
  • by AmericanWerewolf on Feb 3, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    I'm surprised that nobody in the neighborhood has exercised their rights under Florida's Castle Doctrine on this guy.
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      by Westley on Feb 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM in reply to AmericanWerewolf
      We almost did!
  • by Ga Girl on Feb 3, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    He may have good parents but you know what they say: You can choose your friends but you can't choose your relatives. That goes for everyone out there............
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