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FATHER, SON CHARGED IN MOLESTATION OF 2 GIRLS
A 69-year-old man and his 47-year-old son are facing charges of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation in connection to several years of sexual abuse of two girls, now ages 11 and 13, who were 3 and 5 when they say the abuse started.
Leslie Ross Sr. (DOB 5/18/1947) of Marsh Road, DeLand, and Leslie Ross Jr. (DOB 9/13/1969) of East Lake Drive, DeLand, are accused of molesting the victims repeatedly since 2006.
The case was opened in February when the victims’ mother reported some of the allegations. Over the course of the ensuing investigation, both sisters provided consistent details of a sustained pattern of abuse by Ross Sr. and Ross Jr.
Ross Sr. was previously investigated for sexual battery of one of the victims in 2006, when the then-2-year-old girl told her mother he touched her private area. A similar report was made to the state Department of Children and Families in 2007. Volusia County sheriff’s investigators filed an affidavit with the State Attorney’s Office charging Ross Sr. with sexual battery, but the case was not able to be prosecuted.
Ross Jr. was previously investigated for his involvement in a relationship with a student in 2006 at Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson, where he was hired as a teacher in 1997. Ross Jr. resigned from his position the day after the accusation was made, his certification was subsequently revoked by the Florida Department of Education and he was disqualified from working anywhere in the Volusia County School District.
Both Ross Sr. and Ross Jr. turned themselves in Tuesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail, where they’re each being held without bond.
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