A 20-year-old Fort Lauderdale man was arrested on July 3 on charges of sexually assaulting a minor — then more charges were added when he attempted to escape from police.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says that a family contacted them on July 2, alleging that Samuel Shirk (who goes by his middle name, Austin) was molesting their child while staying with them over the course of a few months. This included video voyeurism, or videotaping someone in a private setting without their consent. 

Deputies from the Oakland Park district arrested him “without incident” and brought him to the BSO Public Safety Building in Fort Lauderdale for questioning. While there, a handcuffed Shirk used the restroom under supervision and then attacked a BSO deputy. Other officers were able to subdue him and return him to his holding cell.

Shirk has been charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim younger than 12, sexual assault on a victim younger than 12, video voyeurism on a victim younger than 19, battery on an officer, use or display of a firearm during a felony, attempt to escape, and two counts of obstruction.

BSO says they are concerned that Shirk may have more victims. The public is encouraged to contact BSO Special Victims Unit detective Vanessa Encina at 954-321-4689. Or to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also dial **TIPS (8477) or submit a tip through the SaferWatch App.


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