[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 04/01/20]
LEESBURG, Florida — A Leesburg man is facing a molestation charge after touching the buttocks of a 15-year-old boy at a local grocery store.
According to an arrest affidavit, a boy was standing outside Publix, 717 North 14th Street, Leesburg Sunday when Steven Rodney Sikkema, 36, approached him, touched his buttocks and called him a derogatory name; and Sikkema then left the area on foot. The incident was caught on video surveillance, according to the affidavit.
On Monday, Sikkema returned to the store and a manager called Leesburg Police to have him trespassed; police located Sikkema in a nearby plaza and trespassed him. Later on Monday, the victim and his mother called Leesburg Police back to the store to file a report on the inappropriate touching.
Police located Sikkema Monday night and he was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a child between 12 and 15 years old. He is being held in the Lake County Jail on $1,000 bond.
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