Crestview Man Arrested for Sexual Molestation Last Month Now Facing More Charges

Last month, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office served warrants on a Crestview man wanted on charges of sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation, child neglect, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Tuesday, 40-year old Mason Wesley Furniss is now facing additional charges; five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of felony child neglect.

In the first arrest on March 22nd, OCSO Investigator Ralph Garrett says Furniss had sexually molested a teenage girl on various occasions between December 2012 and February 2013 at his home on Canary Way in Crestview, at the Quality Inn in Crestview, and at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island.

During a controlled phone call with that victim, Furniss admitted to the sexual acts with the teen and told her he planned to take her to mississippi when she turned sixteen to marry her.

In the charges filed by the OCSO Monday, Garrett says Furniss supplied alcoholic beverages and marijuana to four juveniles on multiple occasions between August 2012 and January 2013 and asked them to make out with each other.

Furniss also would make comments to the victims that he wanted to have sex with them.

In September 2012, Investigator Garrett says Furniss had been allowing the victims to drink alcoholic beverages when one of the girls fell off the back of his pick-up truck, onto the roadway, hurting her back. He did not take her for medical treatment and would not let her call her mother.

On another occasion, Furniss took the victims to a community swimming pool and allowed one of them, age 12, to jump into the deep end of the pool although he knew she couldn’t swim. He refused to help pull her out and two of the other victims had to pull the girl to safety.


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