Child abuser jailed for failure to register

BUCKHANNON — A local woman remains jailed after she reportedly failed to register as a child abuser, as required by law. According to court documents, Beth Ann Rowan, age 30, neglected to update changes to her registration requirements as a registered child abuser, due to her relocation to an out of county address.

The criminal complaint stated Corporal S.P. Miller from the Elkins Detachment of the West Virginia State Police made contact with Trooper J. Tonkin concerning the accused on December 2, 2019. Tonkin was notified of Miller’s ongoing investigation after Trooper E.B. Malcomb of the WVSP Elkins Detachment discovered the accused had been residing at the Tygart Valley Apartments in Randolph County, WV. In a discussion between the accused and the officer, she mentioned she was living at this address for “no more than a week.” 

Rowan failed to advise the West Virginia State Police of her address change as required. She is a convicted child abuser and it is mandatory that she register and provide any changes or updates to her personal information, like that of her physical address, phone number, work address, etc. 

According to records, she provided a Buckhannon address at her last update on October 16, 2019. The WVSP Form 271 Notification of Child Abuser Responsibility and Registration Certification that she signed on that day, advised her of the requirements she must comply with as a registered child abuser. 

Many registrants commonly fail to provide the updates and changes necessary, as one of the prescribed requirements is that registrants like Rowan must notify the WVSP of the county in which they live and must give notice ten days prior to any out of county change of address. Rowan signed the document, which acknowledged her awareness of the requirements.

Rowan was charged with failure to register as child abuser and if found guilty, possible penalties include a fine of not less than $250, nor more than $10,000, or imprisoned in jail for not more than one year, or both. Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond in the amount of $5,000. Rowan was jailed Sunday at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she remains.  


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