Florence man accused of sexual abuse of boy

Published Sep 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF FLORENCE — A 49-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing an underage boy, according to local law enforcement officials.

Bill J. Leyva, of Florence, had repeated sexual contact with a male under the age of 15 in Florence in August, according to an announcement by the county Child Advocacy Center.

Leyva was taken into custody on Tuesday, the Child Advocacy Center added.

Leyva is charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual act, a class D felony, authorities said.

He was arraigned in court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court, authorities added.

The victim has been offered counseling through the CAC, the center said.