March 31, 2009

Emmett Eugene Giddiens charged with child sexual assault

Emmett Giddiens

Jackson County Floridan

March 31, 2009

A Washington County man accused of sex crimes against a child was arrested late last week in an ongoing investigation. The suspect has since made bail to await further action in the case, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Emmett Eugene Giddiens, 37, was initially being held in the Washington County jail on $150,000 bond but has since posted 10 percent of the total to achieve his release.

He is charged with one count of sexual assault by a custodian upon a victim 12 years of age or under, and and one count of committing a lewd or lascivious act upon a child under the age of 12.

Authorities say county investigators and the Department of Children and Families opened the case March 15 based on information alleging inappropriate sexual contact by Giddiens.

The investigation remains open and additional charges may be pending, authorities said.

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