Mount Sterling man charged last month with two counts of sexual assault of child now faces third count

Gary Welty

Gary Welty | Photo courtesy of Illinois State Police

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation officials recently arrested Gary A. Welty, 71, of Mount Sterling for an additional count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

ISP DCI Zone 4 agents arrested and charged Welty with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child on March 31. After the arrest, another victim came forward. ISP DCI Zone 4 agents obtained a new arrest warrant for Welty on April 14 for one additional count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Welty was taken into custody by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department in rural Brown County. Bond on the new charge was set at $1 million. Welty posted bond on the new charges.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact ISP Zone 4 agents at (217) 782-4750.

The Illinois State Police provide the following resource for parents, for the public to report crimes against children, and victims to start their path towards healing and recovery. Anonymous tips of child pornography can also be reported through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) cyber tip line at www.cybertipline.com. To keep kids safe online, learn more at: https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/onlinesafe/www.cybertipline.org ; For resources for survivors of sexual abuse visit: https://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/csam-resources.

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