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A 31-year-old Palm Coast man is in the Flagler County Inmate Facility facing five counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 and three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 12, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas Underwood, 31, of the B-section, is being held without bond on the charges after being arrested Thursday afternoon at his Palm Coast home.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Underwood began molesting his victims more than 16 years ago. Some of the victims, who were 8 and 10 years old at the time, are now coming forward to report being victimized by a younger Underwood.
One victim, who was 8 at the time, said that Underwood, who was then 15, sexually molested her while he was babysitting her. Her story is similar to his other victims who said Underwood managed to be alone with them while they were being babysat or while they were mutually visiting at someone’s home. The victims were male and female.
One victim, who is now 22 years old, said that he was 10 years old when he was sexually abused by Underwood. The victim estimated that he was abused between 200 and 300 times over several years. The abuse occurred while Underwood was babysitting him.
Detectives think there may be more victims.
Anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by Underwood is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911.