MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Miami-Dade lawn service owner is being held without bond on charges of molestation and sexual battery after a woman claimed the family friend molested her 7 year old daughter while the girl was in his home.
A Miami-Dade judge ordered 62-year-old Julius Dupree held without bond Friday. He was charged with sexual battery on a minor by an adult, and lewd and lascivious conduct by an adult on a child under 12.
The child’s mother, whose name is not being published to protect the child’s identity, said Dupree is a family friend who often had her daughter in his home.
The mother told police her daughter came forward with details of the alleged molestation, and after they questioned Dupree, he was taken into custody.
In bond court Friday, the mother appeared to ask that Dupree be held without bond. According to her statements in court, Dupree’s fiance operates a Florida City day care center and he is a foster parent, and she claimed in court that gives Dupree easy access to other children.
Judge Mindy Glazer denied bond pending a court appearance next Tuesday.