UPDATE: Additional Charges Filed Against Suspect Already Jailed for Child-Sex Crimes
August 28, 2017
On August 2, 2017 LCSO reported
the arrest of Richard Irving Avis for three counts of sexual battery on a 10
year old child.  Since his original
arrest, an additional victim has come forward. 
After speaking with the 13 year old victim and gathering additional
evidence, Investigator Justin Van Duren was able to arrest Avis on three
additional counts of Sexual Battery on an underage victim. 
This new case is made even more
heartbreaking because Avis had been acting as a caretaker for the victim at the
time of the crimes.  LCSO encourages all
parents to carefully investigate and monitor everyone who provides
Avis remains incarcerated at the
Levy County Detention Center.  His
combined bond on both cases is 3.75 million dollars.