62-year-old man arrested, accused of molesting children
LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — A 62-year-old man has been arrested after he was accused of molesting multiple children in Lancaster on several occasions.
According to WSOC, a family friend said he knew about the alleged abuse involving Dennis Rutledge and young children for years and even went to authorities several times with the children’s family member to report it, but it wasn’t until New Year’s Eve that deputies made an arrest.
Rutledge is accused of exposing himself and molesting children under the age of 12 on several occasions.
He faces five counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor first-degree, two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor third-degree, and one count of exposure of private parts in a lewd and lascivious manner.
Investigators haven’t said how Rutledge knows the accusers, how many there are or where the alleged abuse happened.
The family friend claims they all know each other through church and being neighbors, making that relationship that much harder for anyone to believe the allegations.
Bond has been denied for Rutledge. The case remains under investigation.