Stepdad charged after being caught on camera naked, touching ‘sleeping’ teen stepdaughter

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PALM COAST, FL – A concerned dad reported a possible sex crime to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office after his daughter reported her stepfather entered her room while naked and started touching himself. She pretended to be asleep and luckily, was able to catch the entire thing on video.

On July 1st, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to a call about a possible sex offense that occurred at a residence in Palm Coast, FL. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim’s father who wanted to report that earlier that day his 14-year-old daughter stated that her stepfather James Harris came into her room naked and started inappropriately touching himself while she was laying in bed, pretending to be asleep.

The victim’s father further stated that his daughter had captured the incident on her cell phone that she used to record the incident. A review of the video confirmed the victim’s account of events and also showed Harris using his cell phone to either take photos or record a video while in the victim’s bedroom.

On July 3, 2021, FCSO detectives obtained a warrant for Harris’s arrest and he was taken into custody. His cell phone was confiscated to conduct a forensic analysis as the investigation continues.

“I want to commend the victim for not only coming forward but also for turning the tables on her abuser by capturing him committing the offense,” Sheriff Staly said. “This man was a trusted figure in his victim’s life. In my opinion this disgusting pervert lost the right to be called a stepfather and is now in jail where he belongs. I’m glad we were able to get him before he hurt his victim further.”

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James Harris was arrested and transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. He is charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Juvenile and Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition of a Juvenile. He is held on no bond.

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