Advertisement

Sex abuse charges dropped after W.Va. man dies

July 29, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Charges of sexual abuse and criminal invasion of privacy that were pending against a 41-year-old Martinsburg man were dismissed Thursday morning because the defendant died since the charging warrants were issued this week, according to police and court records.

The warrants obtained by West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker charged Donald Howard Fox with 243 felony counts of sexual abuse and 243 misdemeanor counts of criminal invasion of privacy involving a teenage girl, according to court records.

Walker said he was notified of the defendant's death on Thursday. Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who issued the warrants on Tuesday, agreed to dismiss the charges per the request of the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Fox was accused of installing hidden video cameras in clock radios in the bathroom and bedroom of a home in the summer of 2009 with the intent of viewing a teenage girl naked, according to court records.

Advertisement

The crimes allegedly happened between July 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010, according to court records.

The hidden camera in the bathroom was discovered after the clock radio fell from its Velcro mount on a mirror overlooking the shower, according to court records.

The defendant told police he watched the video captured by the cameras on his television, according to court records. The girl was 15 years old when police began investigating the allegations on July 19, according to court records.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|