Thursday, April 24, 2014

Child Abuse Investigation Results in Sex Offender’s Arrest

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to a child abuse complaint on April 22, 2014. The subsequent investigation led to the identification of registered sex offender, Reggie Kearney, as the suspect.  Bobbie Jo Gibbs, the child’s mother, was also identified as a suspect.

Kearney and Gibbs co-habited at a home located in Chiefland.  Kearney was a registered sex offender who was supposed to be residing in Gainesville. The child, a 6 year old boy, was with his biological father who discovered severe bruising on the child’s legs. The father reported his findings to law enforcement. The investigation revealed Kearney spanked the child with a belt for disobeying him and playing a video game. The child had injuries more severe and inconsistent with normal discipline.

Investigators arrested Kearney and charged him with one count of felony child abuse and failure to register an address as a convicted sex offender. Gibbs, who had witnessed the abuse and did not intervene, was charged with one count of child neglect. Kearney is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility on a $150,000 bond and Gibbs is being held on a $50,000 bond.


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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