Man arrested in sexual assault of minor at FSCJ

Incident was reported in February

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Marvin Haugabrook

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.. - A man has been arrested in the sexual assault of a boy at the Downtown campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville, according to police.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Marvin Lee Haugabrook, 61, was arrested Thursday for sexual battery in the assault of a 15-year-old boy on Feb. 20.

News4Jax looked into Haugabrook's criminal history. He had been arrested dozens of times since 1979, mostly for non-violent offenses. However, Haugabrook had several felony arrests including possession of cocaine in 2013, for which he spent a year in prison. 

In 2006, Haugabrook was arrested for cocaine possession and spent six months in jail.

Police released a surveillance image Tuesday in the hopes of identifying the man involved. The incident was reported to have happened in a bathroom at the college's downtown campus on West State Street, according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.

News of the incident became public after a viewer contacted the I-TEAM over concerns about possible crimes at Stillwell Middle School on the Westside. A request of JSO incident reports involving students included the report of last month's sexual battery on a middle school student at FSCJ.

Learning of the assault prompted several questions, including why it took JSO a week to report the assault to school officials and why police did not alert the public immediately. The Sheriff's Office issued this statement Tuesday afternoon:

The victim told police he was in the men's restroom near Building A when a stranger approached. A security guard interrupted a brief confrontation and told the man to leave. The victim said that once the security guard left, the stranger pushed him into a bathroom stall and forced him to perform a sex act, then threatened him.

The boy didn't report the incident until the next day, when he became upset at school.

Students, faculty and staff at FSCJ were alerted through email and bulletins posted across campus more than a week after the attack, when the college was made aware of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigation about a week after the incident.

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