53-year old St. Johns County Man Facing Additional Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child Charges | Crime

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53-year old St. Johns County Man Facing Additional Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child Charges
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More victims have come forward with allegations against a 53-year old St. Johns County man who is facing additional charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child. The new victims spoke with detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Special
Victims’ Unit following the arrest of James Howard Scharfschwerdt, 53, last month at his St. Johns County home without incident.

One victim spent at least one night at the suspect’s home. The victim stated that the suspect supplied the victim with alcohol and allegedly fondled him. The victim told his father about the alleged incident last month after Scharfschwerdt was arrested on a similar
case. Two additional new victims have also alleged the suspect gave them alcohol and fondled them as well in the past.

The original investigation began seven months ago when a victim reported an incident that occurred several years ago alleging that Scharfschwerdt engaged in sexual activity with him. Detectives learned that the suspect was a former police officer from south Florida and was arrested in 1988 for similar allegations.

Detectives also served a search warrant at Scharfschwerdt’s home in St. Johns County where they seized several items of possible evidence that will have to be analyzed. Scharfschwerdt, who maybe facing additional charges, is still in the County Jail on bonds totaling $1.5 million dollars.

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