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Child Abuse / Lewd & Lascivious Arrest

PUBLISHED:Mon June 19, 2017

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a sexual battery report on June 11, 2017. The investigation revealed that Harold Robert Earnst, 53 years of age, committed sexual battery and lewd acts on a 15-year-old female victim. Earnst was arrested on June 16, 2017 for;

One count – Sexual Battery Victim Under 18 Years Old

One count – Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Person Under 12 Years of Age

Three counts – Lewd and Lascivious Battery victim 12-16 Years Old

One count – Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition, one count – Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and

One count of Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors to a Minor by Electronic Device.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Child Protection Team for assisting in this investigation. We are committed to the safety and security of our children, our most precious resources. We encourage our community to take necessary steps to ensure our children are not exposed to incidents such as these. We ask that anyone with information concerning the abuse and mistreatment of children to contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407)348-2222 or the Florida Department of Children and Families Hotline for suspected abuse, neglect or abandonment of a child at 800-962-2873.

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