2009 Aug 12: James accused of molesting exchange student

Orlando Sentinel | August 12, 2009 | By Henry Pierson Curtis, Sentinel Staff Writer

The sponsor of a foreign exchange student from Ukraine has been charged with molesting the 15-year-old during a visit to Osceola County. Shernon James of Naples was arrested late Monday after the student complained his host had been fondling him while he slept in a room at the Omni Hotel on Masters Boulevard, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said. The teen, who intended to live with James’ family this school year, told investigators James took nude pictures of himself with a cell phone and showed the teen the pictures. James, 27, was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a 12- to 15-year-old victim and distributing obscene material to a minor. He was held in the Osceola County Jail with bail set at $25,000 bail on both counts.


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