Orange-Osceola Circuit Judge Jeff Ashton faces child molestation, abuse allegations, governor’s office says

Orange-Osceola Circuit Judge Jeff Ashton, who famously prosecuted the Casey Anthony case, is facing allegations of child molestation and failure to report child abuse, according to Gov Ron DeSantis’ office.

The abuse allegation came to light in an executive order signed by DeSantis on Wednesday and posted on the governor’s website, transferring any investigation and prosecution of Ashton from the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Orange and Osceola counties to the 10th Circuit, which serves Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.

According to the order, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Andrew Bain advised the governor’s office about allegations accusing Ashton of “lewd and lascivious

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