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Osceola County deputies arrested a 79-year-old church deacon on Wednesday after he sexually battered a 12-year-old boy.

According to an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies received a report about a 12-year-old child, possibly being the victim of sexual abuse by a neighbor. Deputies made contact with the victim who reported that, Juan Efrain Navarro, 79, touched him in a lewd manner while on church property at Iglesia Cristiana Luz de Salvacion, 3321 Morningside Drive, in Kissimmee. Deputies made contact with Navarro who is a deacon at this location and maintains the property and lives on church property, the report stated.

Navarrao cooperated with the investigation and admitted to committing sexual battery and lewd acts on the 12-year-old victim since May. Navarro was arrested on four counts capital sexual battery, four counts of lewd-lascivious molestation and six counts of lewd-lascivious battery.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking that if anyone has any information concerning the case or any other concerning the abuse or mistreatment of a child to call law enforcement immediately.  Call the Sheriff’s Office’s at 407-348-2222 or the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.