sexual battery

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested Navarre resident Brandon James Barnes, 34, June 3 for allegedly choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Barnes allegedly choked the victim while striking her on the face and body, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. He pulled the victim’s hair and pushed her against […]

Navarre teen assaulted at community pool

Navarre teen assaulted at community pool

Arias Yamil Halston, 46, was arrested July 27 for alleged sexually battery on a 13-year-old at a pool in Navarre. According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Halston allegedly restrained and fondled a 13-year-old girl while swimming in the pool. The address of the incident has been redacted, but the report said it […]

Gulf Breeze man receives 75 years for child molestation

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 […]

Gulf Breeze man found guilty of sexual battery

Gulf Breeze man found guilty of sexual battery

Christopher Jason Traffanstead, 41, of Gulf Breeze faces up to 75 for sexual battery related charges in connection with incidents that occurred over the course of two years. Traffanstead was found guilty by a jury Monday of two counts of engaging in an act which constitutes sexual battery upon or with a child 12 years […]

Gulf Breeze man faces max sentence for child porn

Gulf Breeze man faces max sentence for child porn

Thomas E. Matassa, 24, of Gulf Breeze was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography, the maximum sentence allowable under federal law. The charges were filed after a forensic examination of his laptop revealed hundreds of child porn images as well as online conversations of a sexual nature with children, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 11

POLICE: GIRLFRIEND ATTACKS FIU PLAYER WITH BOILING WATER An arrest report says 20-year-old Mary Gaspar, who is five months pregnant, told officers she had been angry that Florida International University tight end Jonnu Smith wasn’t paying attention to her Oct. 31 when she boiled a pot of water in his dorm room and then dumped […]

Life sentence for Milton man

Life sentence for Milton man

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Sonny Lee Scallion was sentenced by Circuit Judge John F. Simon, Jr. to life sentences on all three counts of which he was convicted. The judge ran the sentences concurrent and the defendant was also designated as Sexual Predator. Scallion was convicted on October 6, 2015 by a […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 21

DEPUTIES ARREST PARALYZED MAN WHO WON $23 MILLION VERDICT The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 23-year-old Dontrell Stephens on its Facebook page Thursday. Stephens won his federal lawsuit against the sheriff’s office in February but has not received any money as the verdict remains under appeal. Also, under Florida law, any lawsuit […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

SLAIN FLORIDA PRIEST WORKED WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ‘DANGEROUS’ The Rev. Rene Wayne Robert is believed to have been helping a troubled Jacksonville man recently released from jail when he was killed, authorities say. They believe the suspect kidnapped the priest, took him to Georgia in his own car and killed him there, but the […]

Fort Walton man sentenced to life

Fort Walton man sentenced to life

In a release issued by State Attorney Bill Eddins, it was announced that Michael Parish Cardelro Henry has been sentenced to life imprisonment on the charges of Kidnapping, Burglary of a Dwelling and Sexual Battery. Henry was convicted by a jury in October on charges stemming from a Jun. 1 incident in Fort Walton Beach. […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze man convicted of sexual battery

Gulf Breeze man convicted of sexual battery

A 43-year-old Gulf Breeze man was convicted June 26 on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery relating to an incident on Pensacola Beach. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Bret Randall May was convicted by a jury in Escambia County Circuit Court. May faces a life sentence. Read more in the July 3 issue of Navarre […]

Navarre man arrested on 15 counts of sexual battery

Navarre man arrested on 15 counts of sexual battery

A Navarre man was arrested yesterday and charged with 15 counts of capital sexual battery. Edward Scott Foster, 73, was arrested at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office after investigators obtained a signed warrant for his arrest. In the warrant, investigators outlined explicit testimony where the suspect sexually abused multiple victims from 1972 to 1997. […]

Man arrested for sexual child abuse in Santa Rosa County

Man arrested for sexual child abuse in Santa Rosa County

A former Santa Rosa County man is facing 10 capitol felony counts of sexual battery on a child under 10 years old after being extradited from West Virginia, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office news release. Kent W. Edwards, 58, was arrested after the juvenile victim came forward detailing repeated sexual abuse to detectives […]