60-year-old Springfield Township man Bearl 'Dennis' Penix arrested for alleged child sexual abuse

SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio - A Springfield Township man has been arrested allegedly sexually abusing a child numerous times dating back several years.

Detectives arrested 60-year-old Bearl "Dennis" Penix for felony gross sexual imposition and importuning after it was reported he had repeated sexual contact with a child under the age of 12, as far back as 2003.

Through their investigation, police also found that there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward.

Penix was also charged with intimidating a witness in the case.

He is currently being held in Summit County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Anyone with any information about other possible victims is asked to call the Springfield Twp. Police Detective Bureau at 330-784-1609.  

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