DeFuniak Springs Man Arrested for Molestation

On January 17, 2014, Hayward Culpepper, 65, of 2592 Hinote Road, Defuniak Springs, was arrested for 2 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim less than 12 years of age.

In December, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that a young child was inappropriately touched by Culpepper.

During the course of the investigation, a second victim came forward stating they were also touched in a lewd and lascivious way by Culpepper.

Culpepper initially denied the allegations but during the second interview, Culpepper admitted to the investigator assigned to the case and the agency polygraph examiner, that he indeed had sexual contact with the victims.

Culpepper was booked at the Walton County Department of Corrections and his bond was set at $1 million dollars.