Gainesville man arrested for lewd and lascivious battery
Friday, Jackson County Sheriff's officials say deputies were told by the Bay County Sheriff's Office to be on the lookout for a 13-year-old girl who "had been removed from the custody of her guardians against their will."
Officials say investigators believed Larry Lashon McDaniel, 44, of Gainesville had taken the girl. They also believe he had engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with her, and they were both on the way to Gainesville.
Bay County deputies alerted Jackson County deputies that the suspect’s phone had been tracked an area south of I-10 on Hwy 71 South. Officials say deputies responded and located McDaniel's vehicle and then located a motel room he and the girl were staying in.
McDaniel was taken into custody and the girl was safely removed.
Officials say the girl revealed, "she and the suspect had been sexually active for quite some time."
McDaniel is charged with Interference with Custody and Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Person Under 16 Years of Age.