Man found guilty of lewd molestation

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A 34-year-old Pace man was found guilty late last week of lewd or lascivious molestation, according to a press release from the State Attorney’s office.

A Santa Rosa County jury decided that Randy Roberto Bess committed the crime in July 2015 at his home by touching the victim’s private area underneath her clothes. Bess later admitted it to a friend.

He was arrested Nov 4, 2016 following an investigation by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Immediately following the verdict, Circuit Judge David Rimmer revoked Bess’ bond and remanded him to custody. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7.

Bess faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

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