Man accused of sexually assaulting three girls more than a decade ago

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – Israel Lee McFarlin is being held in the Escambia County Jail on several sexual assault charges of a child under the age of 12. According to an arrest report, the abuse happened between 2001 and 2015 and includes three different victims.

One of the victims says she was just 9 years old when McFarlin began “grooming her” for the abuse. The victim said McFarlin’s attention began with kisses and cuddles and even candy when she was upset, but the attention became more sexual when she was 14. The victim told Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators that as she got older, McFarlin would give her marijuana and alcohol. As time went on, the victim says McFarlin’s attention became more sexual and he forced himself on her. 

Another victim told Sheriff’s investigators she was just 12 when she saw McFarlin watching pornography and he told her she was “growing up and needed to know such things”. The victim said McFarlin began touching her breasts and took her to bed and told her to touch his genitals. The victim also told investigators that McFarlin told her she could not tell anyone about the abuse because she would not be believed.

Another victim told investigators McFarlin began abusing her when she was 15 years old and ran away from home. She told investigators McFarlin got into bed with her on one occasion and put on a condom and forced himself on her. She was able to get out of the bed and leave the room.

McFarlin is being held in the Escambia County Jail on no bond.

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