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Man accused of sexually assaulting disabled girl

August 25, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 40-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting and biting a 14-year-old mentally disabled girl at her home last week was arraigned Tuesday on six felony charges, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Cletus Wayne Stotler, of Inwood, W.Va., is charged with four felony counts of third-degree sexual assault, third-offense domestic battery and taking a controlled substance into Eastern Regional Jail, according to court records.

Stotler was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on a $100,000 bond set by Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith, according to jail and court records.

The sexual assault allegedly occurred Aug. 16, just before the girl's mother came home and saw the defendant "coming down the hallway of the house with his pants unbuttoned and unzipped," according to a complaint by Berkeley County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Harmison.

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The charges were filed after the girl, who has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old, told a child advocacy center official from Winchester, Va., in an interview Monday that Stotler had sexual intercourse with her and touched her inappropriately, according to Harmison's complaint.

Stotler was convicted of domestic battery in October 2000 and March 2006, according to Harmison.

In a separate complaint, Stotler is accused of bringing two Xanax pills into Eastern Regional Jail after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in April 2009, according to a complaint by Sheriff's Deputy C.S. Welcome.

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