Southport Man Found Guilty of Molesting Family Members

Panama City, Fla. - A Southport man accused of sexually abusing two of his family members was convicted at trial this week, prosecutors said.

Todd Sparaga, 22, was found guilty as charged of eleven counts of capital sexual battery on a child under 12, five counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, and one count of lewd and lascivious battery.

Evidence presented at trial proved that between March of 2013 and January of 2018, Sparaga sexually molested two relatives on multiple occasions while at the family home, prosecutors wrote. One victim approached her school counselor on or around January 23, 2018, which prompted the investigation into the sexual abuse allegations. 

Investigator Chris Williams with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Sparaga after meeting with both victims. Sparaga confessed to sexually abusing the victims after being read his Miranda rights.

 Sparaga faces up to 16 consecutive life sentences plus 15 years in the Department of Corrections.  Circuit Judge Brantley Clark, Jr., will sentence Sparaga on January 25, 2019. 

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