Lacy Convicted of Sex Crimes Involving Child, Faces Life Sentence

Press Release

The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on October 22, 2019, a Bay County jury convicted William Douglas Lacy, III, of three counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation, three counts of Possession or Control of a Material including Sexual Conduct of a Child, and three counts of Promoting Sexual Performance by a Child.

Evidence presented at trial proved that in Nov 2017, photographs of the victim with glow in the dark paint on her nude body were discovered on the Defendant’s cell phone.  Bay County Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed the Defendant who told them he would get sexually excited when the victim would sit on his lap.  The Defendant told investigators that he had painted the child, took nude photographs of her and inserted his finger into her vagina on two occasions.  This information corroborated the victim’s disclosures to the Child Protection Team.

This case was investigated by Inv. Matthew Cutcher and assisted by Sgt. David Higgins and Captain Jason Daffin with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Barbara Beasley and Assistant State Attorney Ian Gray.  Sentencing is scheduled before Circuit Judge Ana Maria Garcia on December 3, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. and the Defendant is facing the possibility of life in prison and being designated a sexual predator.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford.