Inlet Beach, FL – Firefighter Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

December 3, 2018

Inlet Beach, FL (December 3, 2018) – Police arrested a Panama City Beach firefighter on child molestation charges associated with several incidents that happened over a one year period in Walton County.  

Sometime on Thursday, the young victim spoke with police and claimed that Joesph Burtis Middlebrooks III has been molesting her for approximately one year.  She claimed that she was touched and fondled by Middlebrooks on multiple occasions after which he would ask her not to tell anybody because if she did it would cause his life to be ruined.  

For several years, Middlebrooks has worked as a firefighter in Panama City Beach for years and has also helped coach girls’ volleyball teams in PCB. Middlebrooks turned himself into the police over the weekend.

The authorities have stated that Middlebrooks has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12.  His bail was set at $50k.  He saw a judge on the morning on December 2nd and was able to post bond a short time later. 

Inlet Beach Child Molestation Laws

Inlet Beach, FL – Firefighter Arrested on Child Molestation ChargesBeing charged with child molestation accusations could impact the rest of your life. It is considered an extremely serious crime in Florida and could lead to prison time, fines, and lifelong registration on the Florida and National sex offender registries. You could lose the freedom you once enjoyed and your reputation could be severely impacted on many levels, making it difficult to obtain housing and employment in many areas. If you are facing Florida child molestation charges, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help you through this difficult time.

At Musca Law, our experienced and dedicated Florida sex crime attorneys are willing to take a closer look at your case to help you build a defense from the ground up and provide a high level of personalized service when you need it the most. We understand the strengths of your case and help you build an accurate defense that will help you protect your legal rights and move forward with a strong defense. You might have questions about your Florida sex crime charges and we are willing to sit down with you and discuss them in full. Contact us to set up a free case evaluation at (800) 687-2252.  

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