Gadsden Man Charged with Rape

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


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.


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