Mount Sterling man charged with sexual assault of child; bond set at $2 million

Gary Welty

Gary Welty | Photo courtesy of Illinois State Police

MACOMB – The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation announced Friday the arrest of Gary A. Welty, 71, of Mount Sterling for two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

ISP DCI Zone 4 agents initiated an investigation earlier this year into Welty after receiving several reports of sexual assaults from victims. An investigation into the allegations was conducted, and the case and evidence were presented to the Brown County State’s Attorney’s Office, resulting in two arrest warrants for Welty.

Zone 4 agents executed the warrants on Friday and arrested Welty without incident. He was transported to and remains in custody at the Schuyler County Jail, with bond set at $2 million.

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

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