Victim aged 12-16


A Wewahitchka man was arrested Wednesday on sex abuse charges after a tip from a third-party alerted authorities.

Dylan James Houbler, 23, was arrested and changed with 10 counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a person 12 or older but younger than 16, according to the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began April 24 after a tip to the SO from a third party.

Sgt. Larry Dickey contacted the alleged victim who confirmed the information from the complaint, according to the SO.

The Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) assisted with the investigation, interviewing the victim.

The forensic interview revealed the sexual abuse had occurred multiple times over the last three months, according to the SO.

Houbler was taken into custody and admitted to the unlawful conduct disclosed by the victim. Houbler was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and first appeared. He remains in custody.

“The information that started this investigation was obtained from a third party who was brave enough to step forward,” said Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison. “The information ultimately resulted in an arrest and ended the further abuse of the victim.”