ABU student arraigned on sexual assault charges

PHILIPPI – An Alderson-Broaddus University student accused of sexually assaulting two women was arraigned in Barbour County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Kadontae Yabarrie Brooks, 20, of Debary, Fla., pleaded not guilty to his indictments from the February term of the Barbour County grand jury, officials said.

Brooks was indicted on three felony counts of second-degree sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of battery for allegedly sexually assaulting two different women on separate occasions, one of whom he allegedly had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with twice.

Brooks was a member of the Alderson-Broaddus volleyball team in the 2012-13 season.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the alleged victims reported an incident occurring in August at an underage drinking party Aug. 27. A witness at the party allegedly told police the victim was so intoxicated she needed assistance getting up the stairs. The witness said he and Brooks took the alleged victim to Brooks’ bed. Afterward, the witness allegedly left the party.

The alleged victim told police she woke the next morning in bed with Brooks and he told her they had sex that night. Brooks then allegedly proceeded to have sex with the victim again while she was “still very intoxicated and unable to respond.”

Brooks allegedly admitted to having sex with the victim, telling police she “was crying and had trouble walking,” according to the complaint.

A second alleged assault was reported on Nov. 4, 2013, according to the criminal complaint. The second alleged victim reportedly told police that Brooks had fondled her breast when she was intoxicated. The next day, he allegedly returned to her room and started taking off his clothes. He also allegedly attempted to force her to engage in sexual acts and to remove her clothes, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Brooks told police he engaged in sexual acts with the second alleged victim, but said he “believed it was consensual.”

Three other individuals who were indicted by the February grand jury were arraigned Wednesday:

Randall Mark Montgomery, 31, of Galloway, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of forgery, one felony count of conspiracy and one felony count of attempted possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Jason Paul Daugherty, 29, of Philippi, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of uttering, one felony count of conspiracy and one felony count of attempted possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Richard William Koehlerschmidt, 45, of Belington, pleaded not guilty to one felony charge of failure to register or provide notice of change in a sex offender registry, third offense.

A total of 12 people were indicted during the February term of the Barbour County Grand Jury, but the original arraignment day was postponed due to inclement weather. The rescheduled arraignments were divided up among three different dates.

Contact Melissa Toothman by email at mtoothman@theintermountain.com.