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Detective Jorge Fernandez has arrested Francis Marion Military Academy teacher/coach Duane Ernest Adams for the second time in two days.
On Tuesday, 1/14/14, Detective Jorge Fernandez arrested W/M Duane Ernest Adams, DOB 11/04/59, for one count of Interference with Child Custody (Felony). Adams had lied to the parents of a 15 year old runaway and to officers and detectives at the Ocala Police Department in reference to having any information on the whereabouts of the missing girl.
The child was located Monday at a local restaurant on SR 200 and returned to her parents. On Tuesday,1/14/14, interviews were conducted with the child, her parents and Adams. This resulted in Adams’ arrest. At that time, both the child and Adams denied any relationship and/or contact of a sexual nature. Due to the circumstances of the case, however, Det. Fernandez continued to look in to this incident and the relationship between the child and Adams.
On 1/14/14, Det. Fernandez made contact with the child, for the second time that day, at a local hospital where she disclosed to having had a sexual relationship with Adams. On today’s date, 1/15/14, Adams came into OPD to speak with Sgt. Young. During the course of this interview, Adams advised to having a sexual relationship with the 15 year old child. Adams advised that the two were in love, had actually exchanged vows and wedding rings in private and considered themselves married. They have been making plans to run away together once she turns 16.
The relationship has been going on over the last month and a half at Adams’ residence. Over this past weekend, while at a motel in Daytona, they also engaged in sexual activity. The investigation into those incidents has been turned over to the agency with jurisdiction.
Det. Fernandez arrested Adams and he is charged with 8 counts of Sexual Battery by a Person in a Position of Familial or Custodial Authority – 1st Degree Felony, 8 counts of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation – 2nd Degree Felony, and 8 counts of Lewd & Lascivious Exhibition – 2nd Degree Felony. He was delivered to the Marion County Jail; his bond was set at $176,000.00.

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