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Man ordered to three years probation on assault charge

April 04, 2006

A 47-year-old Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man who faced charges stemming from alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl entered an Alford plea Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree assault.

In making an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

David Leroy Creek Sr., whose address when charged was 2570 Fairview Drive in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., entered the plea before Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., who ordered him to three years of unsupervised probation.

According to Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen, Creek inappropriately touched a 17-year-old girl during an incident June 9, 2005.

Long sentenced Creek to five years suspended jail time, and he told Creek he is to have no contact with the victim.

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Before entering the Alford plea, Creek faced additional charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, attempted second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, attempted third-degree sex offense and unnatural or perverted practice.

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