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Fayette County Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Three Children

Reported: May. 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT
Updated: May. 20, 2014 12:33 PM EDT
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DANESE, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- A Fayette County man is in jail, accused of sexually molesting three children under the age of 12.

Gale Wayne Swaggerty, 67, of Layland, WV, was arrested on Monday in Raleigh County by the Central WV Drug Task Force, who was assisting the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. Swaggerty is charged with ten counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, ten counts of first degree sexual abuse and one count of first degree sexual assault.

According to a release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, information was received through the Fayette County 911 Center concerning possible sexual molestation of three minor children in the Danese area of Fayette County.

During the course of the investigation, all three alleged victims were interviewed by the Just For Kids, Inc. Child and Youth Advocacy Center in Oak Hill, and all three provided positive disclosures of sexual abuse, according to the release.

"Investigations of this nature are made significantly easier because of the services provided by our Child and Youth Advocacy Centers, " said Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler. "Our excellent working relationship with Child Protective Services is also a great importance in the successful resolution of these types of criminal investigations."

Swaggerty is being held in the Southern Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.



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