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Headline Surfer photo / David Lee Davis, a substitute teacher, political blogger and failed 2016 candidate for Volusia County Election Supervisor, shown on his first appearance, was convicted on January 17, 2020 by circuit judge Matt Foxman in Daytona Beach, Florida courtroom to 12 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy who testified against him at trial. Above is a graphic illustration from Headline Surfer showing Davis’s incarceration status.
By HENRY FREDERICK / Star surfer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla .– There was a secret rumor circulating within the Republican leadership in Volusia County in September that GOP blogger turned child sex predator, David Lee Davis of Daytona, died in prison.
The rumor was false. Davis, 65, is actually alive and behind bars at the Jefferson Correctional Institute.
A Daytona Beach area political consultant texted Headline Surfer in November asking if Davis was dead.
“I heard ‘through the vine’ that David Lee Davis died in prison recently,” the policy consultant said, adding, “I don’t know if that’s true.…” I was told that the source was Paul Deering. Maybe this person was pulling my leg. Prolly none of that. “
When Headline Surfer informed the political consultant that Davis was in fact alive, his reaction was, “Let the guy rot. If I were him, dying in jail early in the sentence would be the best result.”
Headline Surfer does not identify the political consultant so that he can avoid harassment from other insiders. Deering, the GOP chairman for Volusia County, did not return messages for comment.
The child sex abuser has become the most recent of the roles played in the life of a true jack-of-all-trades David Lee Davis – former Daytona cop in his late teens, candidate for twice to an elected post, political consultant / blogger, and substitute teacher – who often used her connections to the local church to give the public appearance of piety and kindness – playing this role until a judge sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2020.
Then he moaned as his fingerprints were taken and he was escorted out of a side door to be taken back to the prison where he had spent 465 days before that fateful day of truth and the start of the punishment: twelve years in prison. if he were to live this long, given that she is 64 years old, obese and has heart problems.
Davis, who cried like a baby as circuit judge Matt Foxman handed down the sentence, for the wolf in sheep’s clothing, now named a sexual predator for sexual violence on a teenager he met at a college where he was a teacher alternate.
The dozen years was just over double the state’s recommended sentence of 5-1 / 3 years in prison, but it was far from the maximum of 30 years behind bars called for by the prosecution.
The judge also declared Davis a sexual predator.
Davis received credit for 465 days spent in Volusia County Branch jail while awaiting trial.
Before the judge handed down his sentence, Davis read an almost 20-minute statement in which he proclaimed his innocence, called for lie detection tests and said he had always worked to help people, especially young people.
Davis said his failure was not to break the teenager’s confidence in talking to his grandmother about his problems.
“Outside there are smiles, but inside a gravely troubled young man battles the demons of his teenage years without the help of his peers or a male family member,” said Davis about the boy he denied sexually ravaging, performing a sex act on him while holding him on a couch with all of his 250 pounds on the skinny kid.
Davis said he spent his life working to help people and had contact with thousands of young people without any further allegations of improprieties.
“Why (the teenager) created this story about me is known only to him and God, just as the truth is known only to (the teenager) and myself and God”, Davis said.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Terwilliger countered Davis was the scariest type of predator because parents and grandparents entrusted their children to him.
“I think the glaring and aggravating circumstances in this particular case are the way the accused met the victim,” Terwilliger said. “He originally met him when he was in a position of trust as a substitute teacher. “
Davis performed oral sex on the then 15-year-old boy in 2018 after the teenager cycled to Davis’ apartment in Port Orange. Davis had met the teenager in a culinary arts class three years earlier while Davis was working as a substitute teacher.
In November 2019, a jury deliberated 41 minutes before finding Davis guilty of sexually assaulting a person 12 or older but under the age of 18, a first-degree felony. The judge, before imposing the sentence, added that people try to label others as good or bad.
“The reality is, and this court testifies on a daily basis, that very decent qualities and very dark qualities often reside in the same human being,” Justice Matt Foxman said.
Headline Surfer screenshots / Top: Photo of David Lee Davis in Volusia County Jail. Bottom: Part of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit for Davis. Warning: Some languages are graphic.
In 2016, the district received a second complaint against Davis, this time from Headline Surfer, about alleged sexual misconduct in Ohio and excessive use of social media while working as a substitute, presenting himself as a candidate for Volusia County Election Supervisor in the 2016 Election, and in another role as a political blogger posting endangered comments against outgoing Election Supervisor Lisa Lewis during school time, promoting or disparaging candidates in other races as well.
Davis’s arrest was a shocking downfall for a man who twice ran for political office. Davis wrote a political blog, which he relied on in his role as a self-proclaimed political consultant who ran as Volusia’s election supervisor in 2016 and lost in the primary, finishing fourth out of five candidates. Davis ran for congressional seats in 1982 and 1990, but failed each time.
Davis also previously worked as a Daytona Beach Police Officer. He said he joined the force when he was 19, but barely worked there for a year.
Before Headline Surfer wrote a story about Davis, the only complaint against him was that he had told the students that the cafeteria food was horrible, that they had to be at school for an extra hour and that ‘they only deserved three weeks of summer vacation instead of two. months because they were kids who weren’t listening.
After that, Davis was no longer allowed to substitute at Silver Sands Middle, but was allowed to work elsewhere in the district.
Davis’ arrest report affidavit was also very revealing in terms of prior information linking Davis to allegations of pedophilia.
A sheriff’s detective asked if he knew of other child victims of sexual assault, to which the teenager indicated that after being assaulted he “read an article written by Henry Frederick on a Topix forum. The article informed David Davis that David Davis had had sex with a 17-year-old boy, “according to the arrest affidavit.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood did not respond to calls for comment on the victim’s statement in the arrest affidavit.
About the signature author: Henry Frederick is a member of the working press and editor of Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet launched in 2008, which serves the metropolitan area of Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando from Lake Mary, in Florida via HeadlineSurfer.com. Frederick has amassed nearly 150 award-winning signatures in print and online. He received his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2019. He was a late-breaking reporter (subway cops and courts beat) for the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade. And before that the same rhythm worked for The Journal-News / Gannett Suburban Newspapers in Rockland / Westchester, NY counties, dating back to 1989. Having witnessed the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the Florida death chamber and covering other high-profile cases, Frederick has appeared on national crime documentaries on Discovery ID, Reelz, and the Oxygen Network series “Snapped” for his analysis. • Award-winning journalism: The Florida Press Club recognizes Headline Surfer for nine articles in a 2020 statewide competition. • Award-winning journalism by Henry Frederick.
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