Florida deputies arrest man on charge of molesting child at hurricane shelter

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office arrested a homeless man Thursday on charges he sexually molested a 6-year-old child at a school being used as an emergency hurricane shelter. 

John Stapleton,  60, of Destin, is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under the age of 12. 

A witness told OCSO deputies she saw a recording of the child being touched in a lewd manner underneath her clothing.

Investigators reviewed the video and say Stapleton later admitted touching the victim, but says he says it was not in a lewd manner, authorities said.

The incident took place at Davidson Middle School, which was being used to house people seeking shelter from Hurricane Michael.

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