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Falling Waters, W.Va. man accused of sexual abuse

August 16, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 57-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man is accused of sexually abusing a girl multiple times over a span of about three years, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Edward Lee Gross of 66 Nozzle Drive was arraigned on one count of first-degree sexual abuse by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court documents. Gross was released from custody after bail for a $10,000 bond was posted, according to court documents.

The victim told authorities that Gross had abused her five times a month since she was in seventh grade, according to a complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Padilla.

Police were notified of the allegations in June 2011 by an employee of Berkeley County Schools, according to court documents.

The victim told authorities she feared for her life at the time she reported the alleged abuse, according to court documents.

The victim said Gross threatened to kill her if she didn’t remove her clothes, according to court documents.

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— Matthew Umstead

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