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Man facing sex assault charges arrested on drug charges

Tyree Aaron Eldridge was in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night on a $100,000 bond

September 22, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Tyree Aaron Eldridge
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man already facing sexual assault charges was arrested Wednesday on drug charges, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Tyree Aaron Eldridge, 25, of 154 State Circle, was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), according to court records.

Eldridge, aka Spongebob, was in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night on a $100,000 bond after being arrested by West Virginia State Police at his residence without incident, according to a press release from Martinsburg Police Department Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle, and jail and court records.

Aside from the pending drug charges, Eldridge is scheduled to appear in Berkeley County Circuit Court on Nov. 18 in a sexual assault case that stems from his alleged contact with a 14-year-old girl last year, according to court records.

Indicted in October 2009 on four counts of third-degree sexual assault, Eldridge, who already is a convicted sex offender, accepted a plea offer earlier this month to resolve the charges, according to court records.

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If the plea deal is accepted by presiding 23rd Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh, Eldridge would be allowed to plead no contest to one count of third-degree sexual assault and a one- to five-year penitentiary sentence would be suspended for five years of probation. The probation term would be followed by 10 years of "post-conviction" supervision, according to court records. The remaining counts of the indictment would be dismissed.

Eldridge's alleged sexual relationship with the then-14-year-old girl was discovered by the girl's mother, police had said.

Eldridge was convicted of third-degree sexual assault of a teenage girl in June 2006, according to the Web-based West Virginia State Police sex offender registry.

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