Man faces four felonies in sexual abuse case


BUCKHANNON —  A Walkersville man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 7-year-old several times from early 2017 to March 2018.
Joshua Lee Cole, 28, was arrested for sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts; sexual assault in the first degree; and sexual abuse by a parent, custodian or person in position of trust, all felonies.

Sgt. K.A. Corley with the Beverly detachment of the West Virginia State Police first attended a forensic interview of the victim on April 4, 2018 in which the victim disclosed alleged inappropriate touches by Cole, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
After an investigation, Corley and TFC E.E. Bostic interviewed Cole Dec. 6 in which he denied the allegations of touching the juvenile at first. However, Cole allegedly confessed to having touched the victim inappropriately several times from early 2017 to March 2018, according to the criminal complaint.
“The defendant was unable to give specific dates to the incidents when the inappropriate touches had occurred,” Corley wrote in the criminal complaint.
Cole told the state troopers that he would spend weekends with the victim and her parents in Upshur County and described three incidents that occurred when he was playing video games with the victim in the living room of the residence while the parents were outside, another in which the parents had left the residence to go to the store leaving the victim in his care and a third in which he was in the backseat of a vehicle with the victim while the parents were in the front seat.  
Cole was arraigned in Lewis County Magistrate Court before Magistrate Michael Gissy who set bond at $150,000 - $50,000 cash and $100,000 surety - and ordered Cole to have no contact with the juvenile.
If convicted, Cole faces imprisonment from five to 25 years and a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 for sexual abuse in the first degree; 25 years to 100 years and a fine of $5,000 to $25,000 for sexual abuse in the first degree; and 10 years to 20 years and/or fined $5,000 to $5,000 for sexual abuse by a parent, custodian or person in position of trust.

 

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