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Registered Quincy sexual predator accused of child sex abuse

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By Erin Hill

A Quincy man is in jail after being accused of sexual assault on a child younger than 12.  
According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, after being read his Miranda Rights, L. C. Battles, 58, admitted he was a documented sexual predator and that he picked up the child he is accused of assaulting for an unsupervised visit at his home. The report also states he admitted he has had inappropriate sexual thoughts about the child.
The report also says he admitted touching the child, and that during this incident he exposed himself to the child.
The report further states Battles said the incidents occurred in his bedroom. He also accidentally touched the child’s buttocks while hugging the child.
Battles was arrested Aug. 15 on charges of two counts of sexual assault.  He is being held at the Gadsden County Jail with no bond.