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July 9, 2014

Arrest made for alleged sex abuse of minor

Somerset man charged in case involving female under 12 year of age

Somerset —

Police arrested a Somerset man after he allegedly had sexual contact with a female less than 12 years old. 
Billy J. Runyon, 42, was arrested at around 11:30 a.m. Monday by Somerset Police Department Officer Katrina Masters and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and tampering with physical evidence, according to SPD Capt. Shannon Smith. 
Smith said Runyon was staying with the alleged victim’s family overnight Monday, which is when the incident reportedly occurred.
Smith said the young girl’s family found out about the alleged incident Monday morning “after a conversation with the girl.” He said they called Pulaski County 911 to report the incident. 
Smith declined to provide the young girl’s age, but emphasized she is less than 12 years old. 
After officers responded to the home, they allegedly recovered evidence on the scene that Runyon attempting to conceal from discovery.
Runyon was arrested in a different location, on Cotter Avenue. He was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
The investigation is continuing.
 
 
Heather Tomlinson is a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal. She can be reached at htomlinson@somerset-kentucky.com. 

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