Burlington Family Arrested for Child Endangerment and Child Porn

Burlington Police have arrested three members of the same family on sex abuse charges involving children.

20-year-old Andrew Wells of 532 Summer Street turned himself in Monday evening, telling detectives that he had molested children and downloaded hundreds of videos and photos of children engaged in sexual acts with adults and other children. He was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and is being held in the Des Moines County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Upon further investigation, police yesterday charged Wells’ parents, 49-year-old Brian and 39-year-old Janelle Wells of the same address, with two counts each of Child Endangerment. They allegedly allowed younger children in the home to be molested repeatedly by an older sibling over the last 8-9 years, without trying to stop it, even though the children asked for help.

The parents are also being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $40,000 cash bonds, pending a court appearance.

Police say more charges are pending.

  • Christina Hancock

    From Facebook it looks like this family has quite the large family including very young children. If he molested others, he probably molested them too.. Sick!

    • Deanna

      The article says he molested younger kids in the home.

      • Christina Hancock

        I see that now. I was assuming they meant friends of the kids. Which that wouldn’t surprise me either.. Either way it’s still sick..

        • Glena Cale-Downs

          What is wrong with people dam.

  • Sarah ‘Freytag’ Cluney

    They have 10 kids. I worked with the parents back when Golden Corral was open, this is a sick and sad case.

    • Christina Hancock

      Those poor kids will be scarred for life now. Who knows what kind of mental problems they’ll face for the rest of their lives.

  • makayla

    That my mom and dad and brother they got arrested five days after my birthday