January 20, 2017
Crestview, FL – Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that on Thursday, January 19, 2017, Judge Michael A. Flowers sentenced Tomas Wayne Alto to 60 years in the Department of Corrections after a jury found him guilty of three counts of Sexual Battery of a victim 12 years of age or older, but under the age of 18, while in a Position of Familial or Custodial Authority. Mr. Alto will also be designated as a Sexual Predator and be required to register as such for the remainder of his life.
In December 2016, a jury heard evidence that between June 2014 and June 2015 and June 2015 and July 2015, Mr. Alto repeatedly engaged in sexual intercourse with one male victim when he was 15-16 years of age. Mr. Alto also engaged in sexual intercourse with a second male victim who was 13-14 years old between June 2014 and July 2015. These criminal acts occurred repeatedly in the defendant’s home in Crestview, Florida. The sexual abuse finally stopped when the younger child disclosed the abuse to a Youth Pastor while away from the defendant on a church trip.
The victims also disclosed that the sexual abuse by the defendant was ongoing from the time that they lived in Lake County, Florida. Based upon the investigation, two counts of Sexual Battery of a Child under 12 are pending in that county.
The Crestview Police Department conducted the investigation, with the assistance of the Department of Children and Families and Children’s Advocacy Center personnel, and made the arrest. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Christine Bosau.