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Man faces incest charge in W.Va.

April 06, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with incest after a girl said she was sexually assaulted 50 to 100 times over a two-year period, police allege.

The man, who is not being named to protect the identity of the victim, was being held Monday in Eastern Regional Jail on $75,000 bail. He was arraigned on the felony charge Sunday.

According to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court by West Virginia State Police Trooper C.A. Ellwanger, the 15-year-old victim has moved from the area.

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On March 21, the girl gave a recorded statement to a state trooper in Charleston, W.Va., who forwarded the tape to troopers in Martinsburg.

The girl told police that between Dec. 1, 2002, and Feb. 1, 2004, the man assaulted her in three cars, court records allege. She provided police with the makes and models of the cars, along with license plate numbers.

Several of the alleged assaults took place in a cul-de-sac behind an oil change shop off U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg, the girl said. Another took place in a motel, where the man gave a fake name for the girl, records state.

Others allegedly happened inside the man's home in a manufactured home park. The girl told police that pregnancy tests and "feminine hygiene" products would be found inside his home, records allege. When police searched the man's home on March 29, they found items like those the girl described, records allege.

When state troopers arranged a recorded phone conversation with the girl and the man, he said he would kill himself if he found out the girl was pregnant, records state.

Conviction of a charge of incest carries a sentence of five to 15 years in prison.

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