Man jailed on sexual assault charges

Kenneth William Thompson

Kenneth William Thompson, 36, Buckhannon, appeared before Upshur County Magistrate Mike Coffman on a single count of sexual assault in the first degree and two counts of sexual assault in the third degree, and was remanded to the custody of the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $125,000 bail.

According to a report filed by Upshur County Deputy Seth Cutright, the defendant was being interviewed in regards to a sexual assault case, and after being read his Miranda warning and waiver, stated that he had anal intercourse with an eight year-old juvenile in his apartment approximately 13 times over a two-year period.

According to the report, the defendant admitted to having oral intercourse with a 13 year-old juvenile approximately 10 times over the course of two years and to having oral intercourse with a 14 year-old juvenile approximately 45 times over the course of two years in his apartment.

Sexual assault in the first degree is a violation of West Virginia Code 61-8B3(a)(2) which states a person is guilty of sexual assault in the first degree when: The person being 14 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who is younger than 12 years old and is not married to that person.

Sexual assault in the third degree is a violation of West Virginia Code 61-8B-5(a)(2) which states a person is guilt of sexual assault in the third degree when the person being 16 years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who is less than 16 years old and who is at least four years younger than the defendant and is not married to the defendant.

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