P R E S S R E L E A S E
February 18, 2020
State of Florida v. James Schultz
Case Number: 2019 300724 CFDB
Schultz sentenced to 40 years for lewd and lascivious molestation of a young child, designated a sexual predator
DAYTONA – This afternoon, James Schultz, 35, was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in a state prison facility for lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12, a life felony. The Volusia County jury comprised of four men and two women deliberated for 20 minutes before returning a guilty verdict. Assistant State Attorney Sarah Thomas prosecuted the case before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig, who also handed down the sentence. Schultz was previously designated a sexual offender.
On January 29, 2019, Schultz went to the bathroom to urinate. In the bathroom tub, the victim was taking a shower. Schultz then exposed himself and made the victim repeatedly touch his genitals.
State Attorney R.J. Larizza had the following to say about the case: “A six-year old child testified before a group of strangers so that a repeat/documented sexual predator could be held accountable for his actions. It is unimaginable to understand or comprehend what that poor child went through as a victim of a sexual assault and then as a testifying victim to the perverted acts of the defendant. We asked the court to impose a life sentence in order to protect our community from this dangerous and repeat sexual predator.”
For more information contact:
John Scott | Public Information Officer | Office of the State Attorney, 7th Circuit | 251 N. Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 | 904-891-7871 (cell) | 386-239-7710 ext. 14922