MARION COUNTY, FL – On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 71 year old James Andrew Davis was arrested by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) on a Marion County warrant for sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 years of age.
According to authorities, on Monday, May 16, 2022, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was made aware of James Davis sexually abusing a juvenile victim throughout the past year. Major Crimes detectives observed an interview of the juvenile victim, during which the victim disclosed that Davis inappropriately touched and sexually battered him numerous times in exchange for toys, art supplies, and money. The victim stated Davis would repeatedly offer to buy him things and give him money so he would not disclose the abuse. Davis also reportedly told the victim that he had done the same thing with other victims “for a very long time”.
Davis volunteers as the Treasurer for Florida Kids Helping Kids, in Belleview.
After the victim’s disclosure, detectives obtained a warrant for capital sex battery. On May 19, 2022, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office relayed information to MCSO that Davis was hiding from law enforcement at a residence in Dalton, Georgia. On May 25, 2022, WCSO located Davis and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he is held without bond and awaiting transport to the Marion County Jail.
Due to the nature of the crime, the disclosure that there are other victims, and Davis’ position within a charity involving children, MCSO believes others may have been victimized by Davis. If you have any information in reference to other victims of James Davis, please contact detectives at 352-368-3847.
The crime of Sexual Battery on a child under 12 by a person 18 or older is a ‘Capital Felony’ in the State of Florida. If convicted of capital sexual battery the sentence could range from life imprisonment without parole or death by electrocution or lethal injection, according to Naples Florida based Musca Law.