Police have arrested a 62-year-old Lancaster man on several sex-related charges involving several children, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Dennis Fred Rutledge of 2061 John Everall Road has been charged with eight offenses, including five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor; two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of exposure, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office..
On Dec. 28, the sheriff’s office learned that Rutledge may have been having sexual contact with a girl, according to the news release. After an investigation, Rutledge was arrested Dec. 31. Bond has been denied.
The investigation, which is continuing, determined there are “multiple” victims age 12 or younger, according to the sheriff’s office.
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"It’s unfortunate that we have people in our society that prey on young children like this,” Sheriff Barry Faile said in the news release.. “I am thankful that PCASA (Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault) and our investigators were able to work together and make this arrest quickly. Often times, incidents like this go unreported.”
He encouraged any other victims of sexual assault to contact authorities