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Man charged with four felonies against pregnant minor

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Jazzpen Lee Leonard is the father of the unborn child.
by: Guest Writer

Story courtesy of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, by Public Affairs Manager Brittany Kershaw.

 

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Jazzpen Lee Leonard early the morning of Wednesday, May 29, after responding to a call for service regarding a pregnant 16-year-old. Leonard is the father of the unborn child.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, deputies responded to the victim’s home. It was reported to deputies that the victim had traveled to meet Leonard at his residence and shortly after arriving, Leonard began yelling at the victim, grabbing her by the throat and face. He shoved her to the ground and began striking her with her cell phone to prevent her from leaving. He then took her cell phone and smashed it on the street. Deputies noted red marks around the victim’s neck and face.

Deputies located Leonard at his residence and took him into custody. He was charged with sexual battery on a minor and aggravated domestic battery on a pregnant person, among other charges. It was also discovered that Leonard is currently on probation for previous offenses. Leonard was transported to the Flagler County Jail where he is being held on a $40,000 bond.

“This violent offender continues to escalate his crimes and needs to be sent off to prison for a very long time,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “I’m glad our deputies were able to intervene before it ended with more serious injuries to the victim and her unborn child.”

Leonard has a lengthy arrest history in Flagler County dating back to his juvenile years. Previous arrests include domestic violence, lewd molestation on a victim under 12 years old and more.

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