Lehigh Acres man charged withsexual battery on a child

CREATED Feb. 21, 2014

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  • Wayne Ruben Wehausen

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A Lee County deputy arrested a Lehigh Acres man early Friday morning, wanted in a case of sexual battery on a child.

66-year-old Wayne Ruben Wehausen was arrested at his home on a warrant for sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12 and three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior, molesting a victim under the age of 12.

The investigation began back in September when it was brought to the attention of the Lee Sheriff's Office that Wehausen was suspected of abusing a girl.  The child was interviewed and she said that Wehausen had touched her "private part" while in a swimming pool.  The victim said Wehausen had "fingered me."  The girl also told investigators that the suspect had pulled his pants down in front of her.

Wehausen was interviewed twice about the alleged incidents in December.  A warrant was obtained for his arrest on January 22nd and a deputy was finally able to locate him this morning.