Valley Bend man facing child sexual abuse charges

West Virginia State Police arrested a Valley Bend man Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing his fiancee’s 13-year-old daughter.

Lance Bradley Arbogast, 28, was charged with one felony count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child, and one felony count of third-degree sexual assault after he allegedly forced his fiancee’s daughter to engage in lewd sexual acts early Sunday morning.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Trooper First Class D.R. Wolford with the Elkins detachment of the WVSP received a walk-in complaint from the victim’s mother against Arbogast at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

The mother told Wolford that on June 15, at about 10:30 p.m., she and her daughter decided to lie down to go to sleep on their sectional couch at their residence in Valley Bend. Arbogast, who lived with the two, remained awake until he reportedly left for work at 2 a.m., the complaint states.

The victim’s mother later learned from her daughter that while she was asleep, Arbogast allegedly touched her daughter in an inappropriate, sexual manner at about midnight. Sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. June 16, the alleged victim’s mother woke up and went into her bedroom. Arbogast followed the victim’s mother – then his fiancee – into the bedroom, but later returned to the couch after his fiancee had fallen asleep a second time, the complaint states.

At that point, Arbogast allegedly performed lewd sexual acts on the alleged victim, who “pretended to be asleep in an effort to get (Arbogast) to stop,” Wolford wrote in the report.

Hours later, the alleged victim reportedly texted Arbogast to inform him that if he didn’t tell her mother what had happened, she would.

On Sunday at about 12:30 p.m., Arbogast called the victim’s mother and told her he needed to tell her something that could potentially end their relationship.

“Mr. Arbogast proceeded to tell (the victim’s mother) that he had touched her daughter and it had went too far,” Wolford wrote.

The victim’s mother told Wolford Arbogast had lived with her and her daughter since 2009, and also said she and Arbogast were engaged to be married in July.

“(The victim’s mother) indicated Mr. Arbogast treated (the victim) as his daughter” and would discipline her by taking her cellular phone away if the victim made poor grades in school, according to the complaint.

During a forensic interview conducted Tuesday, the victim reportedly referred to Arbogast as her stepdad, but also said he had recently told her she was “hot.”

Magistrate George M. Riggleman arraigned Arbogast Wednesday, setting bond at $50,000 cash only.

The penalty for a conviction of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian custodian or person in a position of trust to a child is imprisonment for 10 to 20 years in the state penitentiary or a fine between $500 and $5,000 and imprisonment for 10 to 20 years in the state penitentiary.

The penalty for a conviction of third-degree sexual assault is confinement for one to five years in the state penitentiary or a fine of up to $10,000 and confinement for one to five years in the state penitentiary.

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