Bond Set For Bratt Man Charged With Molesting Child; ECSO Says It Was Captured On Camera

February 18, 2021

A 69-year old Bratt man is facing multiple felony charges for molesting a child, and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says it was all captured on camera.

David Lee Roley was booked into the Escambia County Jail Wednesday night on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim less than 12 years of age. If convicted, Roley faces life in prison.

Roley remained in jail Thursday with bond set at $150,000.

On February 11, the ECSO Special Victims Unit and Century patrol units were notified that Roley possibly molested a child under age 12. The girl told her school guidance counselor that Roley did something sexual to her, but she did not want to talk about it, according to the arrest report.

“Through the investigation it was determined on January 1st of 2021, Roley did commit this crime and it was caught on camera,” the ECSO said  in a social media post Wednesday night. “It’s believed there could possibly be additional victims of Roley that have yet to be identified to the ECSO.”

The Sheriff’s Office asked that anyone that believes they are a victim or that has information call the ECSO at (850) 436-9620.

Report Details Allegations

Some readers may find the following details disturbing.

The girl’s father told deputies that he heard Roley pull up on his Kawasaki Mule UTV at which point he looked out the widow observed Roley’s hand on the outside of the victim’ clothes between her legs, the report states. The father captured the incident on his cellphone and then went outside to get the victim off Roley’s UTV. He told Roley he was never allowed around the victim or back on their property, the report states.

The ECSO collected three photographs from the father’s phone that reportedly showed Roley with his arm around the girl and  his hand between her legs over her clothes.

In an interview, the victim told investigators that Roley touched her “private parts” at least two days in a row around Christmas vacation when she was out of school. The victim stated Roley would tell her that she is pretty, put his hands on her private parts and rub them through her clothes, according to investigators. The girl stated it made her uncomfortable and she would move his hand. At one point, she said she tried to leave, but Roley grabbed her by the hand and told her not to leave because he still wanted to touch her.

The victim also told investigators that Roley would touch her when they went for rides on a two-seat horse-drawn wagon, or while riding in a “go cart.”

“Roley would touch her they were alone and he told her not to tell anybody because it was their little secret,” the report states.

During an interview at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Roley told investigators that the photographs taken by the father showed him touching the girl’s waist.

“That’s the only time I come close down there,” Roley stated, according to the report. He said he has touched her several time on the leg while demonstrating by patting the inside of his thighs.

Roley stated he was telling investigators everything he could remember and “he doesn’t remember a whole bunch,” according to the report. Investigators asked if it was possible he touched the girl in a sexual manner.

A portion of Roley’s response was redacted from the report, but it states Roley replied, “I don’t remember.”


24 Responses to “Bond Set For Bratt Man Charged With Molesting Child; ECSO Says It Was Captured On Camera”

  1. MOM on February 23rd, 2021 4:38 pm

    @ Just wondering – the dad may have thought ESCO wouldn’t do anything. I’m glad he was wrong.

    I reported a grooming situation to ESCO and the “case” was closed within hours of my daughter being interviewed by the deputy that came to our home. When I called the next day, I was told by the special victims department (or whatever they actually call it) that because there’s no accusations of her actually being touched they could do nothing. I had proof of gifts AND inappropriate conversations he had with my daughter. After she told me what had happened, I looked him up and he’s already a convicted offender. ESCO still wouldn’t budge.

  2. Just wondering on February 21st, 2021 8:43 pm

    Just curious if the dad captured this on film January 1st 2021 why wasn’t the law notified then by the parents of this child? Why was it the child had to go to the school guidance counselor over a month later about the incident for the authorities to be notified about it? If I was law enforcement I’d be a little more curious about that as to why Mr. Roley is just now a month after being captured of film by “the father” being accused of this? Someone please explain this to me. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

  3. Anon on February 21st, 2021 5:29 pm

    I’ve known David my entire life and I have never gotten a good vibe from him.

  4. slim jim on February 20th, 2021 2:58 pm


  5. RW on February 20th, 2021 12:55 pm

    First pictures can be shot to appear as they are not. If he did it then prison after cast station, but until it is proven in a court he is still considered innocent.

  6. Carlos E McGugin on February 19th, 2021 10:22 pm

    As a father of a now grown Daughter, I cannot understand why the child was ever alone with the accused. Never would I have let my daughter be in that situation.

  7. SF on February 19th, 2021 8:35 pm

    I guess my biggest problem with this whole thing is that this wonderful father took the time to film this instead of protecting his child. If it was me, and I supposedly saw that, then his beating would have been on camera too. Tons of this story just don’t add up. You can have a grudge against someone and accuse them of something like this. Maybe he did do it. I’m simply saying that this dad is not the same kind of dad I am.

  8. William 2 on February 19th, 2021 5:36 pm

    You mean he is still alive.

  9. Understanding on February 19th, 2021 3:31 pm

    The scripture quoted simply means:
    God is upset that man started sinning!
    Bible study is awesome and not boring at all, we all need to get closer in these dark times.

  10. Sugar Lips on February 19th, 2021 10:58 am


  11. sam on February 19th, 2021 8:56 am

    watch your kids. don’t trust anyone with your kids. if you just don’t feel right about some people, you are likely right.

  12. Duke of Wawbeek on February 19th, 2021 7:38 am

    Billy; I am so very sorry that all this has come down upon your family.

    The Roley’s are good people and this can happen in any family.

    During the time that Davie had served in my employment, he just seemed like a regular guy, I hope that he can get his life in order.

  13. JustSaying on February 19th, 2021 7:16 am

    What he is saying is simply:
    God is hurt by man”s sin!
    Read the scriptures, God didn’t make man to sin, he is not saying to let God take care of it at all. Which He will, it also states in the Bible since you have now broken God’s rules you must follow the laws of the land, therefore arrest, court, prison, etc!

    And this is not at you personally Dad, but more of the Bible is what this world needs to teach God’s world and teach our children who the devil can be disguised as!
    It’s a spiritual battle out there, try it sometime. It’s getting worse everyday, best investment a parent can do for their children! At the end, money will mean nothing.

  14. @ dad of 4 on February 18th, 2021 11:42 pm

    To mock donald w…watch that pride.. I so agree with ur message but he was simply stating scripture.. LEARN IT URSELF!

  15. William Lingo on February 18th, 2021 9:31 pm

    Castration will NOT work, this is a mental health problem, it has nothing to do with his genitalia. There are some molesters in the Florida state hospital, that are there because Castration did NOT end their urges to molest and they begged the state to not let them go. They know that they will reoffend if given the chance, even though they have been castrated.

  16. Dad of 4 daughters on February 18th, 2021 8:01 pm

    @donald wilkerson. explain your message for those of us that don’t speak Bible. Are you staying God created all men to be monsters? Are you saying it’s okay because God will take care of it one day? Why the Bible verse in the middle of this conversation? Here’s my take. Touch my daughters, and I will inform them law enforcement work to pick me up! I think I would rock the orange jumpsuit! There would be no jail for this man, no prison.

  17. 429SCJ on February 18th, 2021 5:00 pm

    Mr Roley is fortunate that he did not just simply up and vanish.

    I feel it safe to say he will be registering as a sex offender, in about ten years; for the rest of his life.

    Father was smart to keep cool and capture evidence, rather than slaying Mr Roley.

  18. DONALD WILKERSON on February 18th, 2021 12:16 pm


  19. Been there on February 18th, 2021 11:43 am

    Years ago this happened to my daughter and her friend….I went before the judge and told him I wasn’t just there for my daughter I was there for all the kids that this happens to and if he’d make an example out if him this would stop….but he got 20yrs and did 6 and got out…thats our system for ya. Castration will work

  20. Ron Wilson on February 18th, 2021 10:45 am

    What happens to people???

  21. JustSaying on February 18th, 2021 7:08 am

    There has been too much of this lately right in our area! Parents open your eyes and know where your children are! People are getting more vile every day, the devil is taking over more and more.

  22. What's going on!!!! on February 18th, 2021 6:48 am

    Seems like everyday there is something in the news about folks young and old….. male and female involved in this behavior….. and these are JUST the ones we know of. WATCH AFTER YOUR CHILDREN

  23. Skipper on February 18th, 2021 6:32 am

    Old creep dang sure appears mad he was caught. God witnessed everything and will determine his fate. The Justice system will not be punishment enough.

  24. Unknown on February 18th, 2021 6:10 am

    Just nasty, they gone get him in the county & prison fasho

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