September 14, 2016
A former Destin resident has been sentenced in the State of Florida to a minimum mandatory term of 25 years in the Department of Corrections which must be served day for day.
35 year old Roy Anthony Pacheco, Jr. was charged with sexual battery in connection with multiple molestations of a child when she was eight and nine years old. Pacheco was charged after the victim disclosed to a friend that the defendant touched her inappropriately when she was approximately 9 years old. The victim reported that the molestation occurred a couple of years prior to the disclosure. The victim’s mother was told about the molestation and the mother then reported the disclosure to law enforcement and an investigation was initiated.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed the girl was the victim of sexual battery more than 15 times and sexual molestation more than six times at two separate locations in Destin between July 2009 and January 2011. She identified a tattoo of “Superman” on Pacheco’s left side which would not be visible unless his clothes were off. The victim also says Pacheco had previous knowledge that she had been a victim of sexual assault in the past by another adult male and he mentioned abused children “never being able to accept being loved”. She reported he also told her not to tell her mother because “this is just between you and me”.
Pacheco was arrested on March 18, 2016 at the Okaloosa County Jail.
Pacheco entered a plea of No Contest on September 13, 2016, to one count of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a victim less than 12 years of age. He was immediately sentenced by Judge John T. Brown to a minimum mandatory term of 25 years in the Department of Corrections which must be served day-for-day. He will not be eligible for early release. Upon the completion of the 25 years, he will be on Sex Offender probation for the rest of his life and will be required to wear an electronic monitor. He was also designated as a Sexual Predator and can have no contact with the victim or any minors.
According to the Alabama Department of Corrections and St. Clair County District Attorney’s Office in Alabama Pacheco was convicted in May 2014 of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and incest. Pacheco was incarcerated at the Limestone Correctional Center serving a 20 year sentence that he must serve day for day at the time of his Okaloosa County Arrest.
The Florida investigation was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Assistant State Attorney Jennifer A. Lieb prosecuted the case.