Gulf Breeze man receives 75 years for child molestation

Christopher Jason Traffanstead, age 41 of Gulf Breeze, was sentenced to the maximum sentence possible Tuesday by Circuit Judge John Simon for sexual acts performed on a child.


Traffanstead was convicted by a Santa Rosa Jury Jan. 22, 2018, to two counts of engaging in an act which constitutes sexual battery upon or with a child 12 years of age or older but younger than 18 years of age by person in familial or custodial authority and on one count of lewd or lascivious molestation.

Traffenstead was sentenced to 30 years consecutive on each count of sexual battery, and to 15 years consecutive for the lewd or lascivious molestation charge, for a total of 75 years in state prison.

He must serve at least 85 percent of his 75 year sentence before he is eligible for release. He would be 104 years old before he would be eligible for early release.

Traffanstead committed these crimes upon the victim between May 9, 2014 and March 31, 2016 at their home in Gulf Breeze.  In March 2016 the victim disclosed the abuse while living in a foster home which resulted in the matter being investigated by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation was conducted by Sgt. Melissa Spratt of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Stephanie G. Pace.

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