Bartlett man facing child sex charge

MARIETTA – A Bartlett man has been arrested after a 14-year-old female recently came forward about an alleged incident of sexual misconduct two years ago, officials said.

Kevin A. Townsend, 32, of 2214 Ohio 550, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of gross sexual imposition on a child under the age of 13, a fourth-degree felony, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. The child, who was 12 at the time of the incident, reported that while she was at his house in October 2010, Townsend had removed some of her clothing, touched her breasts and refused to let her leave the room, said Mincks.

“We received information from the Children Services Bureau and this was part of an investigation we worked together with them on,” said Mincks.

Townsend admitted to purposely grabbing the child’s breast after having sexual thoughts about her, Mincks said.

“She wasn’t a stranger. He had met the girl before,” said Mincks.

It is not known if there are other victims or other incidents involving the same victim, he added.

“This one event is the only information we have available right now,” he said.

Townsend is being held without bond at the Washington County Jail until his arraignment today.