Rape suspect arrested in Florida


The recent arrest of a man in Florida may have brought an end to a nearly two-year search related to a rape and battery reported in Jackson County, police report.

Kemberly Florvil, 20, of Coral Springs, Florida, had been wanted on a Jackson Circuit Court warrant issued July 6, 2017, for those charges.

Officer Rick Meyer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said Florvil’s arrest stems from an incident reported by a 16-year-old girl in February 2016, a year before the warrant was issued.

“It wasn’t until May of 2017 we got enough evidence back, and that’s when we filed for the warrant,” Meyer said.

That evidence included DNA from Florvil, he said.

The girl told police Florvil forced her to perform sex acts on him as they rode in the backseat of a vehicle Feb. 20, 2016. The two had been in Bloomington with others before dropping off a person in Columbus and returning to Seymour.

At the time the warrant was issued, police went to Florvil’s residence in Seymour, but it was empty, Meyer said.

His whereabouts had been unknown since that time, he said.

“At one time, I was told he was in Louisville,” Meyer said. “I also heard he might be in Florida and might have even left the country. I guess he was in Florida.”

During an initial hearing Wednesday, Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter set Florvil’s trial date for 8:30 a.m. June 26 and his bond at $4,000.

Florvil also is being held at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on two warrants for failure to appear and a Bartholomew County hold.

Rape is a Level 3 felony, punishable by three to 16 years in prison upon conviction.

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