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Martinsburg man found guilty of sexual assault, assault in July 2011 rape

July 23, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 29-year-old Martinsburg man was found guilty Friday of second-degree sexual assault and assault during the commission of a felony in the violent rape of a woman in July 2011 in Martinsburg.

A Berkeley County jury found Ricky Darnell Webster not guilty of a second count of second-degree sexual assault, according to court documents.

Webster, who is scheduled to be sentenced in October, faces a possible sentence of not less than 10 and not more than 25 years in prison for the second-degree assault conviction, and a two- to 10-year prison sentence for the assault during the commission of a felony conviction, documents stated.

Police alleged Webster attacked the woman behind a vacant building along Tuscarora Creek in the vicinity of Commerce Street on July 31, 2011, according to court documents.

The victim had numerous cuts and abrasions, and told police she was thrown to the ground and dragged by her hair and later grabbed by the throat in the assault, documents stated.

Police said in the complaint that a forensic nurse reported findings that supported the charges filed against Webster, according to court documents.

In the complaint against Webster, Martinsburg Police Department Patrol Officer S.A. Shelton noted that the victim cried the entire time she was being interviewed about the attack, according to court documents.

The victim told police that she met the defendant about a month before, and they exchanged phone numbers and had brief conversations in that time, according to court documents.

The victim agreed to meet the defendant for a beer on the night in question, but told police she was lured to a dark alley, where he attacked her, according to court documents.

— Matthew Umstead

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