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January 9-- On Tuesday the GBI arrested 49-year-old John Vernon Welch of Lyons on six counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated child molestation. 

johnwelchOn October 5, 2018, the GBI was requested by the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an allegation made against Welch of sexual assault against a minor. The investigation revealed that Welch engaged in sexual acts with multiple underage females on numerous occasions. As a result, Welch was arrested and booked in to the Emanuel County Jail without incident.

Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight says Welch lives off U.S. Highway One north of Lyons just inside the Emanuel County line and that his office referred the case to Emanuel County when he learned of the allegations against Welch.

The GBI investigation is active and ongoing with possible additional charges.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the GBI Eastman Office at 478-374-6988 or the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office at 478-237-7526.