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Two men arrested on charges of molesting children

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The victims were under 12 years old, according to Sheriff's Office records.
by: Melissa Morreale Public Affairs Officer, Flagler County Sheriff's Office

Two men were arrested on capital sexual battery charges July 8 after the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit completed an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations involving multiple juvenile victims.

"Anyone who takes a child’s innocence away deserves to stay behind bars forever. I hope these arrests allow some closure to the victims and their families, and they are able to get the help they need."

 

— RICK STALY, Flagler County sheriff

The two suspects, identified as 20-year-old Ja' Vere Lumpkins and 18-year-old Marcian Thompson Jr., were arrested on multiple counts of capital sexual battery on a person under 12, lewd or lascivious molestation on a person under 12, and lewd or lascivious exhibition by a person under 18. 

Judge Melissa Distler signed warrants for their arrests on July 8.

FCSO MCU detectives arrested Lumpkins at his B-Section home.

He is facing charges for two counts of capital sexual battery on a person under 12 and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation of a person under 12, with additional charges pending.

He is being held at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility on no bond. 

Shortly after Lumpkins’ arrest, detectives responded to Thompson’s home in Orlando with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested without incident.

He is facing charges for one count of capital sexual battery on a person under 12, two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation of a person under 12 and two counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition by a person under 18.

He was taken to the Orange County Jail and will be extradited to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility in Bunnell and held on no bond. 

“I commend our Major Case Unit for solving a difficult case and getting these perverted dirtbags off the streets,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Anyone who takes a child’s innocence away deserves to stay behind bars forever. I hope these arrests allow some closure to the victims and their families, and they are able to get the help they need. And to anyone who thinks they’ll get away with preying on our children, here’s the reminder that we will not stop until you’re arrested and unable to hurt another child ever again! I would also like to thank the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.”

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