The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said that investigators were acting on a complaint filed by several young girls that Palmucci had been touching and sexually abusing them.
Investigators also found child pornography on Palmucci’s phone and charged him with battery of a child by throwing bodily fluids.
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“This is an individual, who it is crystal clear, has no regard for young people or the law whatsoever,” Sheriff Bill Prummell said. “My deputies work hard to take people like this off the streets and put them behind bars where they belong. It’s simple. If you prey on our children, we’re going to prey on you. We protect our children here in Charlotte County.”
Some of Palmucci’s victims were younger than 12-years old while others were between 12 and 16, the sheriff’s office said.
He’s being held on a $1.4 million bond.
It’s not clear how many victims are included in the charges or if other charges will follow.
Palmucci has been charged with 14 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 12, 11 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child 12 to 16 years old, 2 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior by a person 18 or older, 28 counts of willfully abusing a child without causing great bodily harm, 24 counts of battery on a child by throwing liquids, 2 counts of battery on a child by hitting or striking, and one count each of distribution of obscene material to a minor, possessing 10 or more child pornography images, and using a 2-way communications device to commit a felony, according to jail records.
His arraignment is set for October.
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[Featured image: James Palmucci/Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office]