76ºF

Couple charged with molesting young girl

Clay County Sheriff's Office says molestation had going on for some time

Clay County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Troy Tuten
Clay County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Troy Tuten

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – An investigation that began when a Green Cove Springs girl told a friend that she was being molested has resulted in the arrest of a 44-year-old man and his 40-year-old wife.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Troy Tuten, 44, of Green Cove Springs, was arrested arrested earlier this month on counts of capital sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation. According to the arrest report, Tuten raped the victim under 12 years old, touched her inappropriately and had her touch his genitals over a period of time.

Tuten was arrested last week. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The investigation continued, and on Wednesday deputies arrested Tuten's 40-year-old wife, Melissa, on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.

Troy Tuten was ordered held without bond in the Clay County Jail. Melissa Tuten is being held on $200,006 bond.