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Jury indicts man on 100 counts of sexual assault

April 17, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 50-year-old Kearneysville, W.Va., man has been indicted on 100 counts of sexual assault in the first-degree following a 10-year-old boy's complaint to West Virginia State Police last year that the boy was forced to have sex on a regular basis, court records say.

In addition to the 100 counts of sexual assault in the first-degree returned against Roger Allen Riggs, a Jefferson County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Riggs on four counts of displaying obscene matter to a minor and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, Jefferson County Circuit Court records allege.

The boy alleged the sexual encounters occurred two nights a week between June 15, 2001, and May 27, 2002, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

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The complaint alleges that on two occasions, Riggs showed the boy pornographic magazines that were kept in a dresser drawer in Riggs' house.

State police recommended that the boy be taken to a doctor to be examined, the complaint said. Lesions were found on the boy's body, which were determined to be an early stage of genital warts, a sexually transmitted disease, the complaint said.

On June 5 of last year, state police interviewed an 8-year-old in the case, the complaint said. While that boy, who lived near Riggs, did not see any of the alleged crimes committed against the first boy, he said Riggs had forced him into having sex two times, the complaint alleges.

On June 19, 2002, a state police officer went to Riggs' house off Hite Road, where Riggs told the officer he had never kept pornographic videos or magazines at his house, the complaint said. Riggs also said both boys were well supervised while in his house, the complaint said.

Riggs, of Route 2, Box 17, Kearneysville, was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond. Court records also list a second address for Riggs at P.O. Box 59, Gerrardstown, W.Va.

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