French Creek man arrested after resisting arrest, soliciting minor


BUCKHANNON — On Wednesday, March 16, one French Creek local was taken into custody for multiple charges including Driving Under the Influence and solicitation of a minor. 

According to court documentation, Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Tanner Collins, along with other officers, served felony arrest warrants on Dusty Adam Tenney, age 26, on Wednesday. Upon serving the warrants, Tenney became rigid when asked to exit his vehicle. Deputy Collins assisted Tenney to the ground where the defendant allegedly tucked his hands under his belly, towards his waistband. As the defendant continued to resist, Chief Deputy Mike Coffman used his taser in order to gain compliance with law enforcement orders. Tenney was repeatedly told to quit resisting and comply with orders multiple times.

After gaining control and placing Tenney in handcuffs, the defendant allegedly admitted to having illegal substances in his vehicle but stated they were not his. Upon search of the vehicle, one silver container, with a white crystal-like substance, was located along with scales. Tenney was read his Miranda Rights before being taken to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. There, Deputy Collins spoke to the defendant about messages on Facebook. The defendant stated that he was allegedly “on meth,” however, did not deny sending the messages.

Multiple officers had witnessed and Tenney allegedly admitted to driving a truck to the bowling alley. Deputy Collins performed Field Sobriety Tests on the defendant, where he showed signs of impairment on all tests. Deputy Collins noted that the defendant was rigid throughout the entirety of the tests and exhibited body tremors, eyelid tremors, dilated pupils and restlessness. Tenney allegedly admitted to using approximately one to one and a half grams of Methamphetamine. The defendant also allegedly admitted to being addicted to the same drug for the past eight months. Tenney was previously convicted of a DUI on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

After failing the Field Sobriety Tests, the additional crime was addressed. In the forementioned messages, Tenney told a 14-year-old juvenile he was 28 and to not tell anyone. The defendant allegedly talked with the victim about taking a walk; he offered to pick up the juvenile. Tenney also allegedly sent the victim a picture of his face, then asked if they wanted to see more or if they were a cop. Tenney then sent a picture of himself from the neck down exposing his genitalia to the juvenile. Tenney threatened bodily harm on the juvenile stating, “I promise you if you set me up, I will murder you when I get out of prison.”

Tenney has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, Obstructing/Resisting Arrest, Soliciting a Minor via computer and Possession with Intent to Deliver. Tenney is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail with a $75,000 cash only bond for solicitation of a minor and an additional $6,000 cash or surety bond for the additional charges.

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