Man arrested for child abuse

A 62-year-old Marathon man was arrested Wednesday for molesting a small child.

Steven Wayne Frantz was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior in which the victim is less than 12-years-old and the offender is 18 or older.

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit began investigating the case this month after the victim told a family member that Frantz touched her inappropriately.

The victim was 4-year-old at the time of the incident. The victim stated she told Frantz to stop, but he did not. The victim told a Detective that Frantz stated the incident should be a secret between them.

A warrant was issued for Frantz’s arrest.

Deputy Christopher VanHoose, Detective Mario Benedetti and Detective Sgt. Barney Sajdak located Frantz driving southbound on U.S. 1 near Mile Marker 70 at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Frantz was arrested at that time and taken to jail with a $250,000 bail.

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