Villager accused of sexually assaulting visiting teen stands before judge at sentencing

James Michael Haymaker

A 67-year-old Villager accused of sexually assaulting a teen visiting his home has been sentenced in the case.

James Michael Haymaker had been arrested in 2017 on two counts of sexual assault.

Haymaker was accused of having sex with the teen who had been staying at his home at 3571 Amish Path, not far from the Manatee Recreation Center. Haymaker allegedly told the 16-year-old she could bring her boyfriend with her to The Villages the next summer if she allowed Haymaker to have sex with her. She laid down on the bed and Haymaker used KY Jelly to prepare the girl for sex, according to the arrest report. He ejaculated inside her “by accident,” the report said.

Last month in Sumter County Court, Haymaker pleaded not guilty to two lesser counts of child abuse without great bodily harm. He has been placed on community control for one year and probation for five years. The plea deal means he won’t face the stigma of having to register as a sex offender.

The alleged abuse took place at James Haymaker’s home on Amish Path.

The girl later alleged that the abuse had begun when she was seven years old.

The victim, whose exact relationship to Haymaker has been redacted from arrest reports and court records, said that over the years the sexual abuse would stop for a while and then start again.

She described an incident in which she woke up naked in Haymaker’s bed. He admitted that he took her from her bed, undressed her and put her in his bed, according to a document on file in court. She also claimed that when she was 14 or 15, Haymaker tried to persuade her to perform oral sex on him, but when she gagged, he pulled down her bottom garments and performed oral sex on her, according to the document.