Bond change denied in sexual abuse case

ELKINS – Bond modification was denied Thursday in the case of a Randolph County man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl.

Tommy Haney, 49, of Dailey, is charged with one felony count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

On Thursday, Haney’s lawyer, Christopher Cooper, asked Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler to modify his client’s bond, originally set at $100,000 cash only. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lori Haynes said the state vehemently objected to that


“The state does believe that there is a reason to believe the community should be in fear of this individual,” Haynes said. “And based on the allegations here, the state believes he is a predator and would object to any bond modification at this time.”

Lydia Johnson, executive director of the Randolph Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center, was called as a witness. Johnson, a trained forensic interviewer, said she’d interviewed the alleged victim in the case – a 4-year old girl.

Johnson said the girl told her Haney had kissed her, slapped her face, touched her private parts and performed oral sex on her.

Haynes asked Johnson if the alleged victim indicated how Haney’s actions made her feel.

“She said it made her feel sick to her stomach and it made her feel like she was going to puke,” Johnson said. “She said that when Tommy slapped her, it hurt.”

Cooper asked Johnson if her interview had safeguards against coaching.

“Sure,” Johnson said. “We ask questions. There is no lie detector test. She told her mother… and aunt about what Tommy did and they told her she was coming to talk to me about what


West Virginia State Police Cpl. K.A. Corley testified about interviewing Haney. Corley said Haney admitted he “had a problem” with excessive self-gratification and exposing himself to others. Haney admitted he had exposed himself to the alleged victim once, Corley said.

Shepler found probable cause for the case to move forward to Randolph County Circuit Court. He also denied the motion for bond modification.

Also in Randolph County Magistrate Court Thursday:

– A total of 13 felony counts of forgery and 13 felony counts of uttering against Kaitlyn Pearl McDaniel were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they may be brought up again at a later date.

McDaniel, 22, of Elkins, was arrested in late July.

– The case of a Beverly man charged with manufacture/cultivation of marijuana was bound over to Randolph County Circuit Court.

Christopher Gerold Howell, 43, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He was arrested July 29, and his bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.