Man accused of sex crimes with multiple young girls

Man accused of sex crimes with multiple young girls

Credit: Lancaster County Detention Center

Dennis Rutledge

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 5 at 5:30 PM

LANCASTER, S.C. -- A Lancaster man is accused of molesting multiple girls, all under the age of 12.

On December 28, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation into 62-year-old Dennis Fred Rutledge after receiving information that alleged he had inappropriate sexual contact with a female juvenile.

Sheriff's Investigators have since charged Rutledge with five counts first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, two counts third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count exposure of private parts in a lewd and lascivious manner.

Authorities say there are multiple victims, all of whom are 12-years-old or younger.

Rutledge was arrested on New Year's Eve and booked in to the Lancaster County Detention Center.

Rutledge was denied bond.

The case remains under investigation.

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