Pocohontas County man arrested for sexual assault

BUCKHANNON — One man is held on a large cash bond after a charge for sexual assault of the second-degree towards a minor in Buckhannon.

According to court documentation, West Virginia State Police Sergeant G. S. DeWeese arrested Zachary Galford on Sunday, August 28, 2022, after having multiple interviews with a juvenile victim.

The criminal complaint stated that on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the Sergeant DeWeese was contacted by Juvenile Probation Office Emily Bodkins in reference to an alleged underage victim, whom was forced to have sexual intercourse with Galford. Sergeant DeWeese spoke with the victim and she explained the incident allegedly took place at her grandfather’s residence in Upshur County on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

The criminal complaint continued to state that the victim completed interviews with Sergeant DeWeese on Monday, June 27, 2022. The victim stated a family member allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on the defendant for monetary payment. The victim allegedly stated she was reluctant to do so, but after multiple requests, she did perform sexual acts for the defendant. The juvenile victim also stated that she allegedly said “no to sexual intercourse” and Galford allegedly advised he would “double the money” if she were to have sex with him. The victim declined and Galford allegedly took it upon himself to have nonconsensual intercourse with the 17-year-old victim.

Documentation further stated that the victim provided Sergeant DeWeese with two printed out copies of social media conversions between herself and the family member in question. In the conversations, the family member confirmed the assault allegations to the juvenile.

On Sunday, August 28, 2022, Sergeant DeWeese met with the defendant and advised him of his Miranda rights. The sergeant obtained a statement from the defendant. In summary, the defendant allegedly admitted to being at the victim’s grandfather’s house on Thursday, June 16, 2022, but denied the other allegations.

Galford is currently being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a felony charge of Sexual Assault in the second degree with a $50,000 cash only bond.


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