Alleged child abuser arrested

Published on Thu, Mar 7, 2002
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Alleged child abuser arrested

Blaine police investigating allegations of child molestation gathered enough evidence last week to arrest 25-year-old Blaine resident Byron Weatherly, who will be arraigned this Friday on two counts of first-degree child molestation.

Three children, ages three, eight and ten, were left in Weatherly’s care while their mother and her boyfriend moved. A friend of Weatherly’s arrived unexpectedly to find him and all three children naked in the apartment. Following Weatherly’s arrest, two other families contacted Blaine police alleging that their children were also abused. The incidents did not occur in Blaine and were referred to the proper jurisdiction.

Blaine police chief Bill Elfo said police believe Weatherly has lived in several communities in the county in the past two years, where he worked with youth ministries at several churches and befriended single mothers with young boys. Elfo recommended parents whose children have had contact with Weatherly talk about those occasions and contact police if they believe inappropriate conduct took place..

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