Man charged with sex crime

A Fostoria man was arrested last week and charged with rape for allegedly having sexual conduct with a four-year-old in 2013.

According to documents from Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, Eric J. Welly, 24, is charged with the first-degree felony for allegedly having sexual conduct with a four-year-old boy in July 2013 at a South Wood Street residence. The case was filed last Friday in court.

According to court documents, Fostoria police had received a report about the incident in May from the boy’s father. The father said his girlfriend was told by the boy the alleged incident occurred, and the boy also confirmed to police that the conduct occurred, court documents state.

Welly, whose bond was set at $1 million last week, had his bond continued Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

According to court documents, if convicted of the charge, Welly faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $20,000.