Navy chief accused of child molestation

KINGSLAND, Ga. – A U.S. Navy chief petty officer stationed at Kings Bay was arrested on child molestation charges.

Chief Petty Officer Robert Holzheuser, 40, who is currently stationed on the USS Georgia at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay was taken into custody this week.

Kingsland police received a report on Dec. 23 that a man exposed himself twice to a 9-year-old girl while she was shopping with her family at Lowe's the day before.

The victim's mother told officers a man was walking closely behind them inside the store and her daughter suddenly became frightened, started crying and wanted to leave the store.

The mother said once they left, her daughter told her father that a man exposed himself while they were in the store.

The victim provided a description to officers, who also obtained surveillance video.

Kingsland police say they got a good description from the girl and some useful surveillance video that led to NCIS on base at Kings Bay to track down Chief Holzhueser and take him into custody.

"He was detained by NCIS out of the Kings Bay naval base and during an interview he confessed to the allegations," said Lt. Richard Sapp, Kingsland Police Department. "He said that he had a problem and he probably needed to talk to someone about it, but didn’t really go into any details."

Holzhueser is charged with one count of child molestation and one count of indecent exposure. He was transported to the Public Safety Complex in Woodbine awaiting a bond hearing.