Chipley man arrested on sexual battery charges

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:39 PM.

CHIPLEY — A Chipley man was arrested on Monday in connection with sexual battery charges, according to a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

Washington County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the suspected sexual battery involving a child on Monday. 

Zachary Lee Varnes, 19, of Chipley was arrested in connection with charges of sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age, and lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim less than 16 years of age, according to a sheriff’s office report.

 If convicted, the charges carry a minimum/mandatory of life in prison, the report said.

 Sheriff Haddock ask that anyone with information on illegal activity contact us at 638-TIPS (8477) or by email at

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