A man who was wanted in Marion County on a charge of sexual battery of a minor was arrested in Georgia last week.
On Wednesday, May 25, 71-year-old James Andrew Davis was taken into custody by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office on a Marion County warrant for sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 years of age.
On Monday, May 16, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of Davis allegedly sexually abusing a juvenile victim throughout the past year. Major Crimes Det. Jordyn Batts observed an interview of the juvenile victim, during which he claimed that Davis inappropriately touched and sexually battered him numerous times in exchange for toys, art supplies and money, a report states.
The victim stated that Davis would repeatedly offer to buy him things and give him money so that he would not disclose the abuse, the report says. Davis, who volunteers as the treasurer for the nonprofit Florida Kids Helping Kids in Belleview, also allegedly told the victim that he had done the same thing with other victims “for a very long time.”
After the victim’s disclosure, Batts obtained a warrant for capital sex battery. On May 19, the Whitfield County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office relayed information that Davis was hiding from law enforcement at a residence in Dalton, Ga. On May 25, Whitfield County sheriff’s deputies located Davis and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he was held without bond and awaiting transport to the Marion County Jail, the report says.
Due to the nature of the crime, the disclosure that there are other victims and Davis’ position within a charity involving children, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office believes others may have been victimized. Anyone with information about possible other victims is asked to contact Batts at (352) 368-3847.