Man arrested for lewd conduct around child while free on bond on sexual battery of a child charges

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A defendant free on bond on 2019 charges of sexual battery of a child was arrested again Tuesday on charges of lewd or lascivious conduct around another child.

Emmett L. Boykins, 28, of DeLand, turned himself in at the Daytona Beach Police Department over the weekend. On Friday, detectives had obtained a warrant for Boykins’ arrest on two counts of lewd or lascivious conduct, false imprisonment and harassing a victim.

According to the sheriff’s office, the new charges stem from a report from a 15-year-old boy who told deputies Boykins “asked him to show him his private parts, grabbed him to prevent him from leaving a room, wrapped his arms around his body and kissed or licked his neck.”

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The victim refused Boykins’ advances but also said Boykins showed up at his school unannounced and at his home while his mother was away, the sheriff’s office said.

The boy said there were other incidents in which Boykins “persistently tried to touch him and made him uncomfortable,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Boykins was free on a $100,000 bond on his previous charges of sexual battery of a child at the time of the incidents. The victim in the previous case was a boy around the same age as the victim in the current case, the sheriff’s office said.

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Boykins is now in custody without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Boykins had previously worked at Stetson University and volunteered at churches in the DeLand area that could have provided opportunities to have contact with other potential victims, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Child Exploitation Unit at 386-323-3574.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

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