John Stapleton

Homeless man molests little girl, 6, at emergency shelter during Hurricane Michael: Police

A homeless Florida man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly molested a little girl while inside an emergency shelter in Florida on Wednesday, during Hurricane Michael.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reports that authorities arrested 60-year-old John Stapleton after he was accused of touching a 6-year-old girl inappropriately while they both sought refuse from the hurricane inside Davidson Middle School, which opened its doors as a temporary shelter during the storm’s impact.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office arrested a homeless man Thursday on charges he sexually molested a six year old…

Posted by Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, October 11, 2018

 

According to police, a witness saw a video which captured Stapleton touching the girl “in a lewd manner underneath her clothing.” After authorities reviewed the footage, they arrested Stapleton, who insisted he touched the child but not in an inappropriate manner. FOX News reports that the suspect allegedly said the little girl told him “touching felt good.”

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On Wednesday, County Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel said background checks are standard before allowing people into emergency shelters during storms. Yet, the rule goes against the Red Cross’ belief that anyone should be allowed shelter during an emergency. According to NWF Daily News, Red Cross staffers walked out of one of the Okaloosa evacuation shelters after a disagreement with authorities over background checks.

Stapleton didn’t appear to have have any child molestation charges in the past, at least according to Okaloosa court records.

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[Feature Photo: John Stapleton/Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office]