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Man charged with threatening to hit student at W.Va. school

January 16, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged Thursday with threatening to hit a 14-year-old student at Hedgesville Middle School.

Kevin Scott Sanders, 37, of 2420 Ridge Road South, was charged with a felony count of malicious assault of a juvenile at a school.

He was released on $25,000 bail.

According to a criminal complaint prepared by West Virginia State Police Trooper T.L. Lind, Sanders' son attends the middle school.

Sanders and his girlfriend, who was not charged, went to the school during lunch, where they encountered the student in a hallway, Lind said.

Sanders told the boy that if continued to stare at his girlfriend, he was going to smack his face, Lind alleged.

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Three other students who witnessed the exchange gave corroborating statements to police.

When the school's vice principal, Rebekah Eyler, called police, she said that Sanders was acting strange and "appeared to be intoxicated or on something," records state. Lind said Sanders' breath smelled like alcohol.

Sanders told police that he had taken pain medication for his back and had taken methadone pills, records show.

Conviction of a charge of malicious assault of a juvenile at a school carries a prison sentence of five to 15 years.

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