Crime

Homeless man charged with molesting 6-year-old boy

A Key West man was jailed Tuesday afternoon on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious behavior on a person age 12 or younger.

Robert Morales, 27, is accused of sexually molesting a 6-year-old boy, who later told family members what happened. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office, which made the arrest, became involved when a family member of the victim confronted, then punched, Morales. When deputies responded to the disturbance, they were told about the molestation accusation.

Morales was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and is being held at the Stock Island jail on $500,000 on bond.

Jail records say he's homeless, unemployed and lives in an industrial area of Key West.

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