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70-year-old Gainesville man arrested on charges of sexual battery on a person under 12

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Walter Keith Wilks, 70, was arrested last night on a warrant for child abuse charges that include sexual battery on a child under 12.

Although no details are available about the case because the victims are minors, the incident happened on July 17, and Wilks has been charged with child abuse without great bodily harm, three counts of sexual battery or attempt on a person under 12, and obstructing justice by threatening a witness, victim, or informant. He is being held on a total bond of $950,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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