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Inwood man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault

November 01, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

An Inwood, W.Va., man was charged over the weekend with kidnapping and second-offense third-degree sexual assault in an incident in which a 15-year-old girl was driven to an orchard after a party and assaulted, according to court records.

Bobby Ray McDaniel, 21, of 1108 Middleway Pike, was arraigned on the two felony charges Sunday by Magistrate Harry Snow. McDaniel is being held without bail in Eastern Regional Jail.

According to court records, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Bowman began an investigation at 1:53 a.m. after a girl ran to a house on Arden-Nolville Road for help, saying she had been raped.

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The girl said her assailant was sleeping in his blue sport utility vehicle in an orchard. The girl accompanied three state troopers to Loring Hill Orchard on Ridge Road, where McDaniel was found sleeping in an SUV, records state.

After McDaniel was taken into police custody, a State Police dispatcher informed troopers that McDaniel was wanted in Morgan County for failure to appear in a sexual assault case, records state.

The teenage girl told police that she and McDaniel had been at a party together, but that they left and drove around. Eventually, McDaniel said he was going to drive through an orchard as a shortcut to return to the party, police said.

He stopped his car in the orchard, records state.

"Mr. McDaniel then began putting his arm around (the girl). (The girl) was advising Mr. McDaniel to take her back to the party, and to stop touching her. (The girl) advised she began crying, and saying she was going to kill herself. (She) advised she then tried to get out of the vehicle when Mr. McDaniel grabbed her and put her back in the vehicle. Mr. McDaniel then locked the door so she could not exit the vehicle," Bowman wrote in court records.

The girl told police that McDaniel forcibly removed her shirt even after she said "no" several times, and he performed several sexual acts on her before forcing her to perform a sexual act on him, records allege.

After McDaniel "passed out," the girl grabbed her clothes and ran to a lighted area for help, records state.

Conviction on a charge of kidnapping carries a sentence of up to life in prison, while conviction on a charge of second-offense third-degree sexual assault carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

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