A Florida man was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12 and is awaiting sentencing.
The jury deliberated a little over two hours last week, following a two-day trial, and returned a verdict for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation Victim Less than 12 Years of Age.
The Judge ordered Larry J. Bean to be remanded to the custody of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
In the news: 3-Year-Old Boy Dies In Florida After Shooting Himself With Handgun
In April 2021, Larry Bean, a visitor to Walton County from Clermont, Florida spent the evening drinking alcohol at several local establishments.
In the early morning hours, Bean went with a longtime family friend to spend the night at his house.
The family friend allowed Bean to sleep in an empty spare bedroom. During the night, the friend was awoken by an 8-year-old child who had been sleeping in their bedroom across from Bean.
The child told their parents that a man was in their bed. At that time, the father rushed in to find Bean in the child’s bed. The father immediately called the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
The child was able to tell law enforcement that Bean had touched them inappropriately. Following the disclosure, the WCSO notified the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and set up a forensic interview where the child was able to tell the examiner what occurred.
In the news: VIDEO: Woman Who Dismembered And Decapitated Lover, Attacks Lawyer In Court
At the ECCAC, swabs were taken from the victim’s body which were analyzed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The FDLE linked the DNA of Bean to the swabs taken from the victim’s body.
On Friday Office of State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced Bean was convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12.
He is currently being held at the Walton County Jail awaiting sentencing.
Android Users, Click Here To Download The Free Press App And Never Miss A Story. Follow Us On Facebook Here Or Twitter Here. Signup for our free newsletter by clicking here.
Login To Facebook From Your Browser To Leave A Comment