Navarre man accused of sexually assaulting 11-year-old
A Navarre man is accused of sneaking into the bedroom of an 11-year-old girl he met on Snapchat and sexually assaulting her last year.
Julian Castleberry, 19, was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual assault. He was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail without bond and remained there as of Thursday.
According to his arrest report, the 11-year-old girl's father reported to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in October that his daughter had been sexually assaulted by a man whom she had met through social media.
The father told authorities he learned of the incident after he noticed a window screen had been removed from a window frame at his house. When he questioned his family about the screen, his daughter told him Castleberry had sneaked into the home.
The girl told investigators that she met Castleberry on Snapchat, and while she had seen him once in-person at school, they only ever communicated through the app, the report stated.
The girl said that last fall, she sent Castleberry her address and he rode his bike to her house. She said he took the screen off the window and entered her bedroom.
At the time, Castleberry was 18 and allegedly told the girl "not to tell anyone what happens because it is very illegal," according to the arrest report. At one point, the girl told authorities she performed oral sex, but became uncomfortable and stopped, according to the report. Castleberry asked whether she was comfortable, and she replied "No," at which point he left the room, the report states.
The SRSO obtained a search warrant for the girl's Snapchat and did not find any evidence of communication between the girl and Castleberry, the report stated.
Castleberry originally agreed to give a statement about the girl’s allegations to investigators, but on the day of the meeting, he said he had retained an attorney and told investigators they could contact his lawyer.
The lawyer’s office told investigators they were not representing Castleberry in the case.
Deputies obtained a warrant calling for Castleberry’s arrest and he was arrested Wednesday. He remained in custody as of Thursday afternoon.
Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-435-8680.