Man arrested for soliciting

A 21-year-old Elkins man remained incarcerated on a $10,000 cash-only bond Tuesday after being arrested last week for allegedly asking a female minor to have sexual intercourse with him.

Nicholas Alexander Fast was charged Friday with soliciting a minor via computer, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Trooper C.E. Elliott with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police received a complaint at 1:15 p.m. May 13 from the 15-year-old victim.

The victim informed Elliott that Fast had “continuously sent her sexual messages” through his Facebook account since April 11, the complaint states. Elliott also spoke with the victim’s mother, who showed Elliott the messages. In one of the messages, Fast allegedly asked the victim to have sexual intercourse with him for his birthday, Elliott recorded in the complaint. The victim told the officer she’d asked Fast to stop messaging her several times, but he was undeterred.

Elliott interviewed Fast at 11 p.m. at his residence. In the recorded interview, Fast allegedly admitted that he’d sent the messages to the victim.

As of presstime, Fast remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

The penalty for a conviction of soliciting a minor via computer is imprisonment in the state penitentiary for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $5,000.

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