On February 15, detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a statutory rape of a female victim under the age of 12-years-old.
During a child forensic interview, the victim told investigators she was sexually assaulted and molested by 39-year-old Herbert William Welch, of Winfield, over a year. The victim said the sexual contact occurred when she would visit his residence along the first block of Silver Maple Lane, in Lincoln County.
Investigators took Welch into custody. During his interview Welch denied ever having sexual contact with the victim.
Welch is charged with First Degree Statutory Rape of a Person Less Than 12-Years-Old, Statutory Sodomy and First Degree Child Molestation. Welch is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail and the Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry set bond at $100,000 cash only.
Other conditions of bond may apply.