Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cold Case Success

July 13, 2017

On July 8, 2003 the Levy County Sheriff’s received a report of sexual abuse to a minor. The then 9 year old victim told Investigators that over a period of several weeks a person who she trusted the most did sexual things to her that were hard for her to talk about because they were “gross.” Based upon the statements this child give to LCSO Investigators and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) Child Protection Team at UF, the Sheriff’s Office filed charges of Capital Sexual Battery on Nathan Nixon (10-27-61) of Williston. The courts of Levy County immediately issued a warrant for Nixon’s arrest. However, the case went cold shortly after the warrant was issued because Nixon disappeared. No leads were developed and there were absolutely no clues to help us find where Nixon had gone.

From 2003 until 2014 investigators were unable to find any tangible information which would help us find Nixon. So, in 2014 investigators with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office submitted this warrant to the United States Marshals Service through our connection in the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. This is a cooperative team design with the United States Marshals Service utilizing local and federal officers to bring fugitives to justice. Because of this team, law enforcement ramped up the search for Nixon.

With the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, investigators spent the past two years searching for the whereabouts of Nixon. Information was developed that led them to believe he had fled the United States to the country of Mexico. The government of Mexico located and deported Nixon back to the United States on Saturday, June 24, 2017 where Nixon was held awaiting extradition back to Florida.

Nixon was transported back to Levy County on July 12, 2017 and is being held at the Levy County Detention Facility, fourteen years and four days after the issuance of the warrant. He is being held on a three million dollar bond plus an additional cash only bond of $350.00 for non-support dating back to 2003.

Sheriff Bobby McCallum expressed appreciation to his staff and our federal partners, the U.S. Marshals Service, in the apprehension of this fugitive.  As the prosecution phase of this case begins, Sheriff McCallum hopes that the victim will feel some relief and healing and that some sense of justice will prevail for her.