Friday, August 7, 2009

Zachary James Pence Charged with Rape of Child

A 19-year-old Clinton man has been charged with rape of a child and aggravated child abuse or neglect.

Zachary James Pence was arrested Thursday by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office after a grand jury returned a three-count indictment. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

The indictment was the result of an investigation involving the abuse of an 18-month-old boy and 3-year-old girl in July.

Pence is the boyfriend of the children’s mother, and she has not been charged. The investigation is continuing, however, according to Anderson County Chief Deputy Mark Lucas. More charges may be forthcoming.

The children have been removed from the home and are in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.

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