Orange Park man to face another child molestation chargeGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man already in the Clay County Jail after being charged with molesting an 11-year-old girl now faces a second …
Orange Park man to face
another child molestation charge
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man already in the Clay County Jail after being charged with molesting an 11-year-old girl now faces a second charge of lewd and lascivious behavior on another girl.
Rafael Delgado Soto, 50, of Orange Park, is accused of fondling a girl more than 10 years ago when she was in seventh grade. Investigators interviewed the woman, who’s now 23, as they continued to gather evidence against Soto for inappropriately touching another girl, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said. He was arrested on Aug. 16, and he told deputies he had a “sexual attraction to younger females for many years” and he told them about touching another girl years earlier, according to the arrest report.
Soto’s bond was increased to $300,006.
Man busted after fighting
with two CCSO deputies
FLEMING ISLAND – A man fought with two Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he was found hiding in the closet of his estranged wife’s house.
Barend Matthew Watkins, 53, of Fleming Island, was charged with violation of an injunction for protection against domestic violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence after the wife called CCSO after Watkins entered her residence despite having an order not to visit uninvited or while intoxicated.
The wife went to a neighbor’s house while deputies entered after Watkins refused to open the door. They found him hiding behind items in the closest, according to the arrest report.
Watkins refused to leave the closet and fought with deputies, pushing one against the wall. After they put him in handcuffs, he “rammed” into both officers to knock them against the wall. One deputy was kicked in the chest while they tried to wrestle Watkins into the car. Watkins eventually was placed in the car after the second deputy struck him in the leg with his flashlight.
His bond was set at $52,508.
Man with COVID-19 arrested
for threatening his family
OAKLEAF – A man who was given a court order to stay away from his estranged wife and children was arrested 16 days later after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said he burst into the wife’ apartment and threatened her with a butcher’s knife.
Tyrone Edward Davis, 31, was charged with assault and battery during a burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, violation of injunction for protection against domestic violence and tampering with a felony proceeding after CCSO was called by the wife and a neighbor who heard her calls for help.
According to the arrest report, the couple filed for divorce earlier this year. Although Davis was ordered to avoid his family, he kicked her front door in, and threw her to the floor when he noticed she had dialed 911. After threatening her with a knife, the wife managed to escape. Deputies said Clay County Fire Rescue already was treating her injuries when they arrived.
Davis called deputies while they were at Ascension St. Vincent’s in Middleburg while the wife was getting further treatment. Davis told them the wife attacked him and he became angry when she wouldn’t let him move home after he contracted COVID-19, according to the arrest report.
Davis was in the Clay County Jail after his bond was set at $110,011.