LAKE CITY, Fla. -- The Lake City Police Department has arrested a 35-year-old man on charges he sexually battered a 12-year-old boy.
Police officers were called by emergency room staff at Shands Lake Shore the night of July 30 after a 12-year-old boy told medical personnel he had been sexually battered, according to a news release from Lake City Police Department Public Information Officer Steve Shaw.
Shaw said the boy told officers he was walking to a friend's house on Escambia Street when a man known as "Wee Wee" approached him. Wee Wee was identified by the boy as Leroy Fulton.
Fulton allegedly sexually battered the boy before telling him if he said anything to his mother about what happened he would kill him. Shaw said Fulton then walked the boy to where his mother was on Escambia Street.
Police were given information as to Fulton's whereabouts July 31. When officers arrived at the house on Voss Road they saw Fulton jump out of a back window.
Shaw said Lake City Police Department officers and deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office set up a perimeter and were able to arrest Fulton within minutes.
Fulton was taken to the Columbia County Jail where he was booked on charges of lewd and lascivious sexual battery and resisting an officer without violence. Fulton is still being held there on no bond.
Lake City Police Department Chief Argatha Gilmore said, "This is a tragic incident. I am thankful for the hard work of the officers of the Lake City Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office working together to quickly apprehend the suspect."
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