ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies in St. Johns County recently arrested a man they said they found sleeping in a filthy van along with a 12-year-old girl and two small dogs.And when you thought it could not get worse.
John Sesnick, 60, was arrested on charges he defrauded Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal investigators said Sesnick received nearly $22,000 in federal help intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
According to the police report, "the van in question was filthy, had rotting food, bugs and urine. It was not a healthy or appropriate for a child to be living."
For several hours, deputies sorted through piles of trash, filth and pornographic material discovered inside the van. However, investigators said what was most disturbing about the find was the 12-year-old girl.
The child, who investigators said had noticeable blood in her mouth, a black and blue mouth and her clothes appeared as if they had not been washed a long time, was taken to the Department of Children and Families.And for the final twist in the story:
According to the arrest report, a deputy discovered the van while patrolling the Wal-Mart parking lot. The deputy reported that the van "looked suspicious because it towels over the interior window."
When the deputy ran the van's tag number, she came up with an arrest warrant for Sesnick on charges he defrauded FEMA for nearly $22,000.
The deputy wrote in her report that, "I got a weird feeling because I knew I heard a dog so I made my way back to the van. I looked in the rear of the van and observed two small dogs in two different kennels."
Investigators said when the deputy found the dogs she continued to search in the van. That's when she found a blanket with a mass underneath, and when she removed the blanket she discovered the 12-year-old girl.
Investigators said it's unclear how long the two had been living in the dirty van.I am in utter disbelief of how depraved this sicko is.
Russell Smith, an employee at the St. Johns County Wal-Mart, told Channel 4 the van had become a familiar fixture in the parking lot.
"They would move it during the day and come back. I noticed that," Smith said. SOURCE