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DeFuniak Springs Man Arrested on Molestation Charges

DeFuniak Springs Man Arrested on Molestation Charges

Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies assisted the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO) Tuesday with the arrest of James William Roesch, 75, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on four St. Lucie County charges of lewd or lascivious molestation.

The SLCSO investigation began in April after a victim told investigators that Roesch sexually abused her and her brother multiple times over several years in St. Lucie County.

The victims were under the age of 18 when the abuse occurred.

WCSO and SLCSO investigators arrested Roesch at his DeFuniak Springs home without incident.

The SLCSO charged Roesch with four counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, all second-degree felonies. WCSO deputies booked Roesch into the Walton County Jail. Bond was set at $1 million.

He will be transported to St. Lucie County for prosecution for crimes committed in St. Lucie County.

The WCSO will investigate alleged crimes that occurred in Walton County.

Further charges are pending. The investigation is active and ongoing.


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