Sullivan County man faces multiple sex charges involving child

David Lefler (Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says a 71-year-old man is behind bars on charges of aggravated child rape and aggravated sexual battery of a 2-year-old.

A woman reported to investigators she suspected David Lefler had been involved in sexual activity with her children at his home after seeing him, on several occasions, coming out of an area where the children were playing and zipping up his pants.

Investigators say the crime was captured on personal surveillance video inside the home on Tuesday and was reported to authorities the same day.

Deputies arrested Lefler on Wednesday and according to an affidavit, he told investigators that he “could not remember” if he had done “that” or not.

Lefler is being held on a $100,000 bond, the investigation is ongoing.

He’s scheduled to appear in Sullivan County General Sessions Court on July 5 at 9:00 a.m.

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