Child rape suspect arrested again in Autauga County

Child rape suspect arrested again in Autauga County

AUTAUGA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Prattville police have re-arrested 37-year old Shaun Patrick Stewart at his home on Teri Street. He's back in jail after investigators signed not one but 10 new warrants based on images found on his computers.

This latest development came down when Stewart was out on bond on first-degree child rape charges more than a year ago.

"The images that were found we do not believe that occurred afterwards. They were images we collected initially as part of the initial investigation, so it's not likely he did anything further that we're aware of," said Dan Cowell, Asst. district attorney for Autauga/Chilton/Elmore counties. "Just more evidence that's come to light."

"There were several devices taken," Cowell said, though he declined to say what the images are alleged to show. Meantime, the child Stewart is accused of raping in 2017 is a relative and under 12 years old.

"The child is fine and is in a safe place. I don't have any other evidence there's any other victims or crimes he may be involved in," Cowell said.

WSFA 12 News reached out to Stewart's Prattville attorney but we were unable to reach him. We're told there's been no confession from Stewart.

Moving forward, the case will now be presented to the Autauga County grand jury in August. Shaun Stewart's current bond is $100,000.

For now, Stewart remains in the Autauga County Jail. If he's convicted on all the charges, he could face more than 50 years in prison.

Court records show Stewart's co-defendant brother pleaded guilty in the child rape first-degree case and was recently sentenced to 40 years in the Alabama Department of Corrections.

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