Homeless man accused of molesting 6-year-old girl at Florida hurricane shelter


    John Stapleton. (Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

    OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) - A homeless man was arrested Thursday after police say he sexually molested a young girl at a Florida shelter during Hurricane Michael.

    According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, a witness claimed to have seen a live recording of the suspect inappropriately touching the 6-year-old underneath her clothes on Wednesday afternoon.

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

    Police said in a press release that Stapleton admitted to touching the child at the Davidson Middle School hurricane shelter, but "not in a lewd manner."

    According to court documents filed in Okaloosa County, the suspect claims the victim told him his touching "felt good."

    Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, pummeled the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, causing roughly $8 billion in insured losses.

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