Deputies: Man, 22, sexually molested girl

Published On: Oct 17 2012 05:19:58 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2012 05:21:06 PM EDT
Justin Rushing
BUNNELL, Fla. -

Flagler County deputies arrested a Bunnell man Tuesday afternoon on charges he sexually molested a young girl for several years beginning when the girl was about 7 or 9 years old.

Justin Rushing, 22, was being held in the Flagler County Inmate Facility on Wednesday without bail.

He is facing three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, one count of lewd or lascivious exhibition, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of sexual battery on a person within familial custody.

The victim told deputies Rushing first began molesting her when she was between the ages of 7 and 9 and that the sexual conduct and lewd and lascivious conduct occurred in Rushing's bedroom at his home on Old Dixie Highway.

The victim said the abuse continued until she was about 16 years old.

She first reported the abuse in February.

Detectives, working with state Child Protection Team members, launched an investigation, which culminated in Rushing's arrest Tuesday.

"Cases such as these are tragic because they involve young children -- a precious resource in any community that deserves to be safe," Sheriff Donald Fleming said in a news release.