After a lengthy investigation, Fayette County authorities have arrested 3 local residents for sexual abuse.

Following a six month investigation, 22-year-old Philip Zupke and 18-year-old Joel Zupke, both of Randalia, and 19-year-old James Hanson of Fayette were taken into custody on charges of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff, the three suspects committed a sex act on two females under the age of 12, in both 2005 and 2006.

All will be charged as adults, even though they were juveniles at the time of the assaults. They could be referred back to Juvenile court for prosecution.

If convicted, the suspects could face up to 25 years in prison.

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