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Lancaster man accused of molesting at least 2 children

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
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LANCASTER A Lancaster man accused of molesting at least two girls last year confessed to some of the assaults, according to arrest warrants obtained by The Herald on Monday.

Dennis Fred Rutledge, of 2061 John Everall Road, is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center without bond. His charges include five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor; one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of lewd exposure.

On Dec. 28, deputies learned that Rutledge, owner of a TV repair shop, may have had sexual contact with a girl, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies started investigating and arrested Rutledge on Dec. 31.

The arrest warrants accuse Rutledge, 62, of inappropriately touching the girls, who were 8 and 10 when they were assaulted. In one incident, Rutledge admitted to deputies that he performed a sexual act while the 10-year-old victim sat on the bed beside him, according to the warrants. Six of the warrants say the victim was 10, but they do not indicate whether one or more 10-year-olds were assaulted.

All of the assaults occurred between June and November.

The incidents all happened at private homes, none of which include Rutledge’s house, said Maj. Matt Shaw with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Shaw said that none of the victims were related to Rutledge. Shaw would not elaborate on the girls’ relationship with Rutledge.

Rutledge has no previous criminal history in South Carolina.

The Herald’s news partner, WSOC-TV, contributed to this report.
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