A 6-year-old girl staying in a Florida storm shelter from Hurricane Michael was molested by a 60-year-old homeless man, who tried explaining his actions by saying the child told him “touching felt good,” police said. John Stapleton was charged Thursday with “lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under the age of 12,” the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said.
Officials described seeing a video of the child being “touched in a lewd manner underneath her clothing” at Davidson Middle School. The school had been converted into a temporary shelter from the storm. Stapleton told investigators he touched the child but argued “it was not in a lewd manner,” police said.