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Fanning Springs man arrested for lewd and lascivious battery on a child

On Friday, October 19, 2018 a Levy County Deputy responded to a home in Fanning Springs when a parent found explicit conversations and images on her 13 year old child’s tablet. The mother told the deputy she took the tablet away from her daughter as a form of discipline and when looking through the tablet found an application downloaded. The application “Google Hangouts” wasn’t an application she approved her daughter to use. The mother found a history of sexually explicit messages and images between her daughter and an unidentified male. LCSO Criminal Investigations responded to the scene to complete the investigation. Investigator Mike McNeil interviewed the child who admitted to communication with a person she met at Fanning Springs State Park. This individual, whom she identified as 22 year old Dustin Norman of Fanning Springs, added her as his friend through the “Hangouts” application and they began talking. The child admitted to investigators she was involved in sexual conversations with Norman.
Investigator McNeil located and interviewed Norman. Norman admitted to being involved in a sexual relationship with the victim, admitted he knew her age and admitted to sending nude photographs of him to her. Norman was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child, transmitting obscene images to a child and use of two way communications to commit a felony. He is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility in lieu of a $250,000.00 bond.
The use of the internet and the multitude of ways it allows people to communicate are dangerous and confusing. Children often do not understand that predators constantly look for ways to communicate with new potential victims. Sheriff McCallum urges parents to faithfully monitor their children’s internet use and social media presence to avoid crimes such as this. “If the parent in this case had not been vigilant in the supervision of her daughter, this situation could have had more severe lifelong consequences. I applaud this parent in her efforts to protect her daughter and for her willingness to report this situation so that other children may be protected from this suspect as well,” said Sheriff McCallum.