A 71-year-old Florida man has been arrested for sexually battering a child under 12 years of age.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, James Andrew Davis, 71, was arrested by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) in Georgia on a Marion County warrant for the Sexual Battery of a young boy.
Deputies say on Monday, May 16, 2022, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was made aware of James Davis sexually abusing a juvenile victim throughout the past year.
Major Crimes Detective Jordyn Batts observed an interview of the juvenile victim, during which the victim disclosed that Davis inappropriately touched and sexually battered him numerous times in exchange for toys, art supplies, and money.
The victim stated Davis would repeatedly offer to buy him things and give him money so that he would not disclose the abuse. Davis also reportedly told the victim that he had done the same thing with other victims “for a very long time”. Davis volunteers as the Treasurer for Florida Kids Helping Kids, in Belleview.
After the victim’s disclosure, Detective Batts obtained a warrant for Capital Sex Battery. On May 19, 2022, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office relayed information to MCSO that Davis was hiding from law enforcement at a residence in Dalton, Georgia.
On May 25, 2022, WCSO located Davis and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he is held without bond and awaiting transport to the Marion County Jail.
Due to the nature of the crime, the disclosure that there are other victims, and Davis’ position within a charity involving children, MCSO believes others may have been victimized by Davis.
If you have any information in reference to other victims of James Davis, please contact Detective Batts at 352-368-3847.