Gadsden Man Charged with Rape of Young Girl

A 41 year old Gadsden man is behind bars in Etowah County after being turned in by family members for allegedly raping a five year old girl. 

According to jail records, Shelton Samuel Welch was taken into custody on Saturday and he stands accused of committing the act at a home on Tabor Road.  That incident was reported to law enforcement officials by family members.  Bond has been set at $400,000 and as a condition of bond, Welch is not allowed to have any contact with a minor under the age of 18. 

No additional information is being released at this time.


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