Daleville man charged with promoting prostitution of 12-year-old

Daleville man charged with promoting prostitution of 12-year-old
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

DALEVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The Daleville Police Department has been working overtime conducting interviews with possible victims in connection with a case of alleged child prostitution and sexual abuse.

A Daleville man is accused of promoting the prostitution of a 12-year-old and sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.

Additional charges could be on the horizon after five more possible victims came forward, according to police.

Andrew Bywater, 54, has been arrested and charged with electronic solicitation, promoting prostitution and sexual abuse.

Daleville police say they received an anonymous tip that Bywater was trying to prostitute the 12-year-old.

Investigators say text messages sent from Bywater's phone reveal he tried to convince the 12-year-old to have sex with men for money.

Bywater is also accused of sexually abusing a girl at his home.

"He's been friends of the family for many years. He's known them since they've been born. You never know who is around you. It goes on everywhere. We don't know about it until a victim comes forward. It's hard to combat without someone coming forward," said investigator Jason Grantham.

Now police tell us Bywaters' cell phone and computer are being searched by the State Bureau of Investigation. It could take more than three weeks to get the results.

Bywaters is being held in the Dale County Jail on $35,000 bond.

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