HURRICANE – A weekslong investigation culminated in the arrest of a Hurricane man Thursday on 12 first-degree felony counts of aggravated child sexual abuse and other charges.
Detectives have been investigating allegations against Paul Brady Whitlatch, 54, of Hurricane, for the past few weeks, according to a press release from the Hurricane City Police Department, and established probable cause to arrest him. Detectives have been conducting interviews and gathering evidence, based on reports that he inappropriately touched children on multiple occasions.
In addition to the alleged child sexual abuse, Whitlatch allegedly threatened to harm himself and a another person with a loaded gun, according to the press release, and also allegedly made threats regarding what would happen if police were contacted.
Whitlatch was arrested Thursday morning and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on 12 first-degree felony charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child; one third-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a weapon; one third-degree felony count of witness tampering; and one class C misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
He is still in custody as this report is published, according to bookings information.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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