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Berkeley County man found guilty of assaulting girl, 10

July 28, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A jury in Berkeley County Circuit Court on Monday found a Berkeley County man guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and four related charges after more than four hours of deliberations.

Currently incarcerated, Freddy Cornell Lavender, 40, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 21 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III.

The victim told authorities that she was sodomized on March 9, 2008, according to a police complaint filed against the defendant.

A nurse at City Hospital in Martinsburg told police she found evidence of bruising and tears that were consistent with "forcible sodomy" and the victim would need antibiotics to recover from the injury, according to court records.

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On the witness stand last week, Lavender said he did not know how his body fluid was found on one of the victim's shirts.

- Matthew Umstead

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