SANTA ROSA COUNTY — State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Monday that a Santa Rosa County jury found Christopher Jason Traffanstead, 41, of Gulf Breeze, guilty of two counts of engaging in an act which constitutes sexual battery upon or with a child 12 years of age or older but younger than 18 years of age by person in familial or custodial authority, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation.
According to a press release from the State Attorney's Office, Traffanstead committed the crimes upon the victim between May 9, 2014 and March 31, 2016 at their home in Gulf Breeze. In March 2016 the victim disclosed the abuse while living in a foster home, which resulted in the matter being investigated by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Traffanstead's 2016 arrest warrant, SRSO interviewed the victim on March 31, 2016 who said that Traffanstead did “sexual stuff” to him.
There was more than one incident. The graphic report indicated that Traffanstead allegedly used lubricants and sex toys to abuse the juvenile. There is also an incident when he handcuffed the victim to the bed frame.
The victim said Traffanstead used an app on his phone to track another adult’s location. He stated abuse would occur “every time (redacted) would leave."
The abuse occurred around twice a week for a certain period of time in the victim’s house and the suspect’s home. Traffanstead would give the victim “weird candy things” described as being small, oval-shaped candies in different colors, which made the victim feel “dizzy and light-headed,” according to the report.
When asked if he was ever hit by Traffanstead, the victim said “If I refused I would.” The suspect would also hit him if he refused to kiss him. The suspect would put the juvenile in an ice bath “for a few hours” to reduce signs of abuse.
The victim said he didn’t come forward before because he was never asked and that he was embarrassed.
Traffanstead is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20 by Circuit Court Judge John Simon. He faces a maximum of 75 years in state prison.
The investigation was conducted by Sgt. Melissa Spratt of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Stephanie G. Pace.