Metro-East News

60-year-old man charged after child tells father of sexual abuse

Bill D. Tadlock
Bill D. Tadlock

A 60-year-old Swansea man was recently arrested and charged after St. Clair County authorities investigated multiple reports of a child being sexually abused.

St. Clair County Investigator Scott Toth, who was assigned to the case, said metro-east authorities received the reports from the father of the victim. Authorities said the victim, a 12-year-old girl, had recently told her father that she had been sexually abused by a family member.

Toth said the father submitted reports of sexual abuse between three agencies “due to jurisdiction,” including the sheriff’s office, Swansea Police Department and Fairview Heights Police Department. The sheriff’s office said it received an initial report on Aug. 26 and took the lead in the case.

Toth said the case was presented to the St. Clair County state’s attorney’s office after conducting interviews with the child, other family members and the suspect. On Friday, the state decided to charge Bill D. Tadlock with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The sheriff’s office said the instances of abuse allegedly happened late in 2015.

Toth said Tadlock was arrested Wednesday without incident, and bail was set at $150,000. The sheriff’s office said Tadlock has since been released after posting bond.

The case had pending grand jury actions.

Swansea and Fairview Heights police departments assisted in the investigation.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers