Volusia County , FL – A Volusia County father and son are accused of molesting two young girls repeatedly over several years, the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

DeLand residents Leslie Ross Sr., 69, and Leslie Ross Jr., 47, were arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said.

The girls are 11 and 13 now, but the abuse began when they were 3 and 5, Gant said.

The investigation into the men started in February when the girls’ mother came forward with the allegations, Gant said.

Ross Sr. had previously been investigated for sexual battery in 2006 when one of the girls told her mother he had touched her inappropriately. Gant said the Sheriff’s Office filed paperwork with the State Attorney’s Office, “but the case was not able to be prosecuted.”

Ross Jr. was also previously investigated in 2006 and accused of having a relationship with a student at Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson, where he worked as a teacher, Gant said. He resigned from his job the day the accusation was made, and the state revoked his teaching certification.

The father and son turned themselves in at the Volusia County Jail Friday. They are being held without bail, Gant said.


Don’t you just want to know how the hell they got away with this? Like who are these guys to the girls? Are they relatives?