Theodore Walter Shrout, age 61 of Franklin was arrested Friday on the felony charge of sexual assault in the second degree. It is alleged that Shrout sexually assaulted an eight year old female. Shrout is accused of touching the child’s private area by placing his hand down into the child’s pants. The eight year old victim and her thirteen year old sister were staying with Shrout because they didn’t go to school on that day due of bad weather. In addition to the inappropriate touching, the eight year old stated that Shrout talked about the “love word” to her while her older sister said that Shrout talked about sex and things like that.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Shrout has a history of similar incidents with charges and convictions from the state of Kansas. Shrout is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $40,000 cash bond set by Izard County District Judge David E. Miller. Sexual assault second degree is a class “b” felony. Sheriff Lawrence said it is possible that the charge could be upgraded.
News Release, For Immediate Release, March 30, 2015, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203
Note: Picture of Shrout provided.