Registered Sex Predator Arrested For Molesting Girl
By Space Coast Daily // July 18, 2014
Detectives believe there may be MORE victims
ABOVE MAP: Registered sex predator Jehoshaphat Mitchell was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred on Monday at the Walmart on Malabar Road in Palm Bay, Florida.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA — Jehoshaphat Mitchell, 56, a man who has been in and out of prison for various sex crimes involving children, is now back in jail after an incident where he is accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.
The incident occurred on Monday at the Walmart on Malabar Road. According to the mother of the victim, the suspect, who has been identified as Mitchell, twice inappropriately touched the girl while in the store. The first time was in the clothing section after which he followed the girl to another part of the store where he inappropriately touched her again.
According to the Palm Bay Police Department, Mitchell spent approximately 12 years in prison over the course of the last 20 years for similar crimes including burglary and assault with indecent assault on a child under the age of 16.
He was released in June 2013 after serving three years of an 11-year sentence and is listed as a sexual predator on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sex Offender Database.
Detectives believe because of his prior history of similar actions, there are other victims and are asking them to come forward as there is concern Mitchell’s illegal acts could potentially escalate.
Anyone with information should contact the Palm Bay Police Department Special Victims Unit at 321-952-3459.
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