UPDATE: Athens Man, 76, Gets 5 Years In Day Care Sex Assault

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UPDATE: 04/04/2013

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A 76-year-old southeastern Ohio man has been sentenced to five years in prison for molesting a 3-year-old girl at a day care center operated by his daughter.

An Athens County jury last month found Thomas Shifflet guilty of gross sexual imposition in the fondling assault of the 3-year-old, but couldn't reach verdicts on counts of gross sexual imposition involving two other girls.

In a crowded courtroom in Athens on Wednesday, he agreed to enter pleas to resolve the remaining charges. He entered Alford pleas, which means he didn't admit guilt but agreed there was enough evidence to find him guilty.

The parents of three of his alleged victims had angry words for Shifflet and his wife, who had maintained his innocence.

The assaults occurred in 2010 and 2011.

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UPDATE: 5/30/2012 4:30 PM

An Athens County man charged with having sexual contact with young girls pleads not guilty to additional charges. He's accused of committing the crime at relatives daycare centers in July.

Thomas Shifflet faces one count of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count of sexual imposition.

An Athens County judge continued his previously posted signature bond of 500 thousand dollars.

Shifflet is to have no contact with any day care center, no contact with minors without their parents consent, and no contact with the families involved in the case.

Officials say multiple families reported Shifflet had sexual contact with girls ages three to five at two day care centers in the county. They say he's the father of the owners of those two day care centers.


A 75-year old Athens County man is facing a rape charge involving a child under the age of 13.

Officials say multiple families reported that Thomas Shifflet of Glouster had sexual contact with girls ages 3 to 5 at two day care centers in the county.

Shifflet was arrested on Tuesday, after an Athens County grand jury indicted him.

He entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Wednesday.

A judge has set Shifflet's bond at $2,000,000.

The Athens County prosecutor says the crime Shifflet's accused of happened in late June.


Original AP Story

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say multiple families have complained that a 75-year-old man arrested on a rape count had sexual contact with girls ages 3 to 5 at two day care centers in southeast Ohio.

Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly says 75-year-old Thomas Shifflet of Glouster was arrested Tuesday following an indictment earlier this week.

Kelly says Shifflet is the father of the owners of the two day care centers in the Trimble and Dover Township areas.

Shifflet was held in a southeast Ohio jail facing a Wednesday arraignment. Messages for comment were left at a phone listing for Thomas Shifflet, and with Shifflet's public defender.

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