Deputies: DNA links Levy man to '04 sexual battery


Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.

A Levy County jail inmate, already accused of burglary, now is facing a sexual battery charge dating from a case more than six years old, officers reported.

Leon Wiggins, 44, of Bronson, is accused of assaulting the victim after placing a date rape drug in a drink, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

The case was reported in January 2004.

DNA testing, based on a sample collected at the scene of a burglary last year, linked Wiggins to the assault as well as the burglary, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Officers were investigating a burglary at the Four Corners Bar reported on Sept. 4, 2009.

Investigators found that the suspect apparently had cut himself during the burglary and they collected a DNA sample.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab tested the DNA and found it belonged to Wiggins.

It also came up as a match to a sample taken in connection with the 2004 sexual battery case.

A warrant for Wiggins' arrest, based on the sexual battery charge, was issued Tuesday.

Wiggins also was arrested last week for battery on another inmate at the jail.

The two men argued and officers allege Wiggins hit the other inmate in the face.

Other charges pending against Wiggins include grand theft and criminal mischief.

Wiggins has previously been convicted 20 times on other charges, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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