A Barnesville man was arrested Monday on four counts of rape.

Barnesville Police contacted the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office after several minors reported that 59-year-old Dale Gordon Sr. sexually assaulted them.

Detectives worked with the Department of Job and Family Services as well as several other organizations to make the arrest.

The children are safe and Gordon is in jail on an $80,000 bond.

“It’s very sad,’ Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said. “These four victims were under the age of 13.

“This is definitely a predator, and only because of the quick response of Barnesville getting us the information , the detectives, children services and Harmony House all working together, we have this guy off the street.”

The sheriff is asking anyone who has children who may have been in contact with Gordon to call them.