70-year-old arrested for allegedly molesting children

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A 70-year-old man from Rhome was arrested by Wise County Sheriff’s officers Friday for multiple counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Hollis “Butch” Belcher, 70, allegedly molested a 10-year-old girl Feb. 26 and 27 at his home located in the 500 block of Private Road 4732 in Rhome. Belcher was a close friend of several people in his neighborhood. Parents in the neighborhood allowed their children to play at his residence and sometimes spend the night, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by an open records request. After one of the sleepovers, the mother of the victim observed several red marks, thought to be hickies, on her young daughter’s neck. A five-year-old girl and and 11-year-old girl were also at the residence when the alleged incidents occurred. The sheriff’s office was notified, and through interviews with witnesses and the alleged victim, an investigator determined sexual contact had occurred. A forensic expert with the Children’s Advocacy Care Center in Denton assisted with the investigation. Belcher was arrested Friday at his home without incident and placed under $35,000 bond for each count. He posted bail the following day. The case and still under investigation and any more possible victims should contact the sheriff’s office at (940) 627-5971.



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