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Student at W.Va. Job Corps center faces sex assault charge

February 06, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - At least one student at the Harpers Ferry Job Corps has been charged following a reported rape of a female student at the facility on Buffalo Drive north of Charles Town, police said.

Two juvenile students at the Job Corps also were identified as "accused" in the incident, although details of their status were not available Tuesday night.

Both juveniles are 17 years old, police said.

Leron Edward Jones, 18, of 1640 Power Road in Brookhaven, Pa., was charged with second-degree sexual assault, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Jones was being held Tuesday night on $100,000 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Deputy J.C. Tennant of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said he was dispatched to Jefferson Memorial Hospital Monday about 12:39 a.m. for the reported rape.

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Tennant said the 18-year-old victim was being taken to the hospital by a private automobile when he was notified.

Tennant said the three people accused in the incident stated that sexual intercourse had taken place in a room, but they said it was done with the consent of the victim, according to a criminal complaint filed by Tennant.

The victim said she told all three of the accused that she was unwilling to engage in sex and added that she clearly stated "no," according to the complaint.

Tennant said he and another officer searched Room 4 in Dormitory 2 and found two used condoms that appeared to be moist in a trash can.

Students between 16 and 24 years old come to the Harpers Ferry Job Corps to learn trades in areas including carpentry, brickwork and the computer field. Many of the students are from inner cities, center officials have said.

The local Job Corps also offers a GED program, work-based learning and co-enrollment at Shepherd University, according to its Web site.

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