LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — On Dec. 28, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received information alleging that Dennis Fred Rutledge, 62, of Lancaster, had been having inappropriate sexual contact with a female juvenile.
Investigators began a detailed investigation and have charged Rutledge with 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 said they determined there are many victims, ages 12 or under, and multiple incidents of the molestation.
Rutledge was placed under arrest on Dec. 31 and jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center. His bond has been denied.
“It’s unfortunate that we have people in our society that prey on young children like this. I am thankful that PCASA (Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault) and our investigators were able to work together and make this arrest quickly. Oftentimes incidents like this go unreported and encourage any other victims of sexual of sexual assault to come forward,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.