A Chipley man already in jail will remain there after recently pleading guilty to molestation charges in a sexual battery case.
Jeffrey Lynn Stephenson, 59 years old, has been extradited back to Washington County after the Washington County Sheriffâ€™s Office conducted an investigation into sexual battery. Stephenson was found to be incarcerated in the Walton County Jail for similar reasons after warrants were obtained.
â€œPrior to this case, Stephenson was charged and convicted in February 2018, for Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition, with a victim under the age of 16 and sentenced to 24 months with the Department of Corrections,â€ a news release said. â€œIn August 2022, Stephenson was arrested yet again for indecent exposure and failed to appear for his court date.â€
Stephenson will serve a 20-year sentence, designated a sexual predator upon release and required to register with the county of residence.