The Herald Bulletin

March 13, 2014

Rape suspect out on bond

Prosecutor mulls charges to be filed

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin


A Frankton man who allegedly admitted to having sexual contact with an autistic woman was released on bail Thursday morning.

George H. Eltzroth, 69, posted a $20,000 bond and was released from the Madison County Jail about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Madison County Jail records. Eltzroth was arrested Wednesday on three counts of rape and three counts of deviate sexual conduct, both Class B felonies.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said the charges stem from accusations from a family member of a 20-year-old autistic woman. Deputies were called to Eltzroth's Frankton home Wednesday morning, collected evidence and conducted interviews with Eltzroth and others. Richardson said some of the evidence has been sent to the crime lab for testing.

According to Richardson, during an investigator's interview with Eltzroth, he admitted he had sexual contact with the woman over a six-month period. Eltzroth was arrested and jailed shortly after.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said a 72-hour hold has been placed on the police report on the case while investigators and prosecutors finalize the charges against Eltzroth. He said he couldn't discuss any more specifics of the case, but the report could be available as early as Friday.

According to past stories in The Herald Bulletin, Eltzroth was active in the Madison County 4-H Livestock auction, and made steer purchases in 2007 and 2012. Public records indicate he has no criminal history.

Calls placed to Eltzroth's home in Frankton went unanswered on Wednesday and Thursday.

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