sexual assault

Pace man arrested for sexual assault of minor

Pace man arrested for sexual assault of minor

A Pace man has been charged in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties for allegedly sexually assaulting and repeatedly molesting a child under the age of 12 over the course of roughly eight years. Pace resident Raymond Carroll, 56, was transferred into Escambia County Jail custody June 12 after facing child sexual assault and molestation charges […]

Milton man allegedly sexually assaults child

Milton man allegedly sexually assaults child

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Mexican immigrant living in Milton on charges of child sexual assault June 13. Jose Brandon Prado Garnica, 21, of Milton allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl for a year and a half after coming to the U.S. in 2017. A witness whose name was redacted from the Santa Rosa […]

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

A Navarre woman is being held on a bond of $1 million for allegedly sexually assaulting a child on video. Brandy Howard, 33, of Raider Lane in Navarre was arrested April 18 after video and images involving children were recovered by law enforcement. An investigation was prompted by information sent by the National Center for […]

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her home after pretending to be a handyman. Dean Allen Matthews is charged with felony sexual assault based on DNA evidence recovered off the victim’s person. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Navarre man charged with child sexual assault

Navarre man charged with child sexual assault

A Navarre man was arrested Feb. 25 for an alleged sexual assault of an 11 year old in 2017. Dawson Jeremy Santos, 20, was arrested for the August 2017 incident after the child’s mother reported her older daughter had told her what had occurred. The location of the incident has been redacted. According to a […]

Gulf Breeze man accused of serial sexual abuse

Gulf Breeze man accused of serial sexual abuse

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a sex offender living in Gulf Breeze after multiple victims that had been in his custody as children accused him of sexual abuse. Thomas Lawlis, 55, was previously registered as a sex offender. According to the arrest report, Lawlis had been convicted of sexual battery in 1998 in Escambia […]

Navarre man arrested for child sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for child sexual assault

A Navarre man was arrested Aug. 6 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old on three separate occasions according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. John Benjamin Carper, 36, faces three counts of capital felony sexual assault of a minor under 12 years old. According to a sheriff’s office arrest report, the incidents occurred between November […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. TRUMP LEAVES WIGGLE ROOM WITH KIM SUMMIT Although optimistic about the historic meeting with North Korea’s reclusive leader, the president says he could still pull out if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful.” 2. FAA TO ISSUE DIRECTIVE U.S. airline regulators will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one that […]

Army Ranger instructor arrested for sexual assault at Navarre Beach

Army Ranger instructor arrested for sexual assault at Navarre Beach

Richard Cruz, II, a 39 year old Army special forces soldier, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 14 year old and giving her beer at Navarre Beach March 29. According to the arrest report, on March 30 the girl was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center to be medically examined after […]

Milton man arrested for sexual crimes on minors

Milton man arrested for sexual crimes on minors

According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office report, an investigation opened in November 2016 led to the July 25 arrest of James Raymond Armstrong on five counts of different sexual crimes. The 62-year-old retired Milton resident was charged with one count of sexual battery on a victim under 12 by an offender over 18; one […]

Navarre man charged with sexual battery

Navarre man charged with sexual battery

Sean Michael Allen, 44 of Frontera Steet in Navarre, was arrested and charged with Sexual Assault on a victim under 12 and Lewd and Lascivious Behavior on a victim under 16. The charges stem from incidents earlier this year. Read the full article in the June 22 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Gulf Breeze man pleads guilty to child pornography

Gulf Breeze man pleads guilty to child pornography

Thomas E. Matassa, 23, of Gulf Breeze pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Christopher Canova. Matassa, who was recently indicted by a federal grand jury, was also charged one year earlier with sexual assault of a victim under the age of 12. Read […]

Suspect in child porn case previously charged with sexual battery

Suspect in child porn case previously charged with sexual battery

A Gulf Breeze man accused of possessing child pornography was indicted by a federal grand jury March 10. Thomas E. Matassa, 23, of Gulf Breeze was indicted by a federal grand jury March 10 on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Teen sexually assaulted by family friend

Teen sexually assaulted by family friend

A vacation to Gulf Breeze went terribly wrong for a 17 year old boy after a 46 year old woman he and his mother were traveling with forced him to have sex with her in a port-o-potty. According to the deputy’s report, in August the victim, his mother, Tina Gale Thomas and her boyfriend were […]

Navarre man accused of raping teen

Navarre man accused of raping teen

A Navarre man was arrested Oct. 20 on allegations that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. Aaron Stokes, 44, is charged with first-degree felony sexual assault. According to witness statements recorded in a Santa Rosa County police report, Stokes was living with the victim during the incident. The victim described previous behavior by Stokes […]

Man charged with sexual abuse of minor

Man charged with sexual abuse of minor

A Navarre man was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 21, after allegedly sexually abusing a child under the age of twelve. Jimmy Ressler, 40, has been charged with two counts of felony sexual assault on a victim younger than 12 years of age and first degree felony lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12 years old. Both […]

Airman’s training thwarts woman’s abduction

Airman’s training thwarts woman’s abduction

Jeremy Davey was enjoying a simple Saturday afternoon on Navarre Beach with his family when he happened to notice a situation that seemed a little off. Instinctively, something in the Air Force Tech. Sergeant’s gut just told him to find out more as he watched a man in his mid-20s carry a young woman toward […]

Seevers re-arrested for sexual assault

Seevers re-arrested for sexual assault

Kimberly Ann Seevers, 45, of Jay in Santa Rosa County was re-arrested on Tuesday, April 12 for sexual assault on a second victim. Seevers was previously arrested in November 2015 for sexual assault of a Jay High School student and contributing to the delinquency of a minor by providing alcohol to minors at her home. […]

Traffanstead turns himself in

Traffanstead turns himself in

A Gulf Breeze man turns himself in to Santa Rosa County Jail Christopher Jason Traffanstead from Gulf Breeze, age 39, who the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office was looking for on an active warrant, turned himself in to the Santa Rosa County Jail on April 7.   Traffanstead’s warrant included 3 Capitol Felony charges for sexual […]

Gulf Breeze man arrested for sexual assault

Gulf Breeze man arrested for sexual assault

In a harrowing story of sexual assault, Christopher Calamis was arrested Dec. 2 on those charges and more, including felony battery and false imprisonment for an incident that occurred in Fort Walton Beach. According to the arrest report, Fort Walton Beach Police officers responded to a woman screaming in the area of Third Street and […]

Jay woman accused of sexual assault on high school student

Jay woman accused of sexual assault on high school student

A 45 year old Jay woman, Kimberly Ann Seevers is accused of sexually assaulting a Jay High School student and providing alcohol to minors at her home. The incidents allegedly occurred in January and/or February. Her arrest report states that in August the Jay High School resource officer received information about possible sexual relationships between […]

Navarre man charged with sexual assault of minor

Navarre man charged with sexual assault of minor

Ervin Edward Gras, 73, of the 9100 block of Quail Roost Drive, was arrested May 8 on a first-degree felony charge of sexual assault by a custodian with a victim between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. According to the report, in November 2014 Gras engaged in three counts of sexual battery without […]

Navarre man facing second sexual battery charge

Navarre man facing second sexual battery charge

A Navarre man out on bail for an alleged sexual battery charge is back in jail following a report that he assaulted another victim. Joshua Shaun Stewart, 26, 2400 block of Andorra Street, was arrested Feb. 12 on a first-degree felony charge of sexual assault. According to the report, the victim and Stewart were at […]

Man gets life for kidnapping, sexual assault

Man gets life for kidnapping, sexual assault

A 43-year-old Gulf Breeze man will spend life in prison on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery relating to an incident on Pensacola Beach. According to court records, Bret Randall May was sentenced July 30 by Judge Linda L. Nobles. May had been convicted June 26 by an Escambia County jury. According to the state attorney’s office, […]