Zolfo Springs man arrested for sexually battering child

June 29, 2020

Zolfo Springs man arrested for sexually battering child

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

George Ownby, 40, of Zolfo Springs, FL is currently behind bars and being held without bond for sexually battering a child less than 12 years old.

An investigation began on June 21, 2020 after Ownby was seen in the same room as the victim around 2 a.m., getting up from a bed. The child was observed standing near the bed, only wearing a shirt. When Ownby was confronted for being in the room, he stated he was cleaning, but given the circumstances, an argument quickly ensued and Ownby left the residence after he was told deputies were being contacted.

The victim told deputies with the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office that Ownby had sexually battered him/her that night and has also done so before in the past.

On June 26, 2020, George Ownby was taken into custody by deputies and it was further discovered he had sexually battered the victim on and off over the past several years. Ownby was arrested and booked into the Hardee County Jail on two counts of sexual battery by a person over 18 on a victim less than 12 years of age, a capitol felony, and two counts of sex offense/incest, a third-degree felony.

“Parents and Guardians, please keep a close eye on your children and listen to them if they try to talk to you about situations like this. Unfortunately, there are evil individuals in this world and it’s all of our responsibility to keep our children safe. Talk to your kids and assure them they can always confide in you, especially with sensitive information such as this. Those individuals who take advantage of and abuse our children should be held accountable like this man, who will hopefully spend the rest of his life paying for what he’s done. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding abuse that may be happening to a child, do not hesitate to contact the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office immediately.” – Major Davis