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Man accused of sexually abusing pizza delivery driver

Jason Andrew Welsh was arraigned on one count of first-degree sexual abuse

November 16, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man is accused of sexually abusing a woman after she delivered four pizzas to his home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Jason Andrew Welsh, 27, of 180 Longbranch Drive, was arraigned Wednesday on one count of first-degree sexual abuse by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court documents.

Welsh was released from custody after bond was posted for a $50,000 bail, the documents said.

The pizza from Papa John's at 728 Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg was delivered around the lunch hour Monday by a woman, who told police that the defendant attempted to kiss her on her mouth and was lifting her shirt and grabbing at her body before she managed to get away from him, the records said. He also is accused of forcing the woman to touch his body.

The alleged incident occurred after the woman delivered the pizza. She told police that she returned to the residence when the defendant waved at her in the driveway, requesting that she return.

The woman told police that she thought something might be wrong with the pizza order, so she got out of her vehicle and went back into the residence where she was grabbed by the defendant, the documents said.

The woman told police that the man told her when she first arrived at his front door to make the delivery that he was an injured veteran and needed assistance because he has disabilities.

At the man's request, the woman went inside the man's home and put the pizzas in the kitchen near the oven and helped the defendant complete the credit-card receipt for his order, the documents said.

The incident was immediately reported by the woman's employer, police said.

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