A Gadsden man is accused of raping a child. Shelton Welch is charged with first degree rape. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin says a family member claims Welch raped a 5 year-old girl.
Welch is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on a $400,000 surety bond. As a condition of the bond, Welch is not allowed to have any contact with anyone younger than 18 years old.