Elkins man accused of sex abuse

ELKINS — An area man is behind bars after allegedly having sexual relations with a juvenile in his care.

Johnny Ray Hensley, 39, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $150,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on June 20, the alleged victim — a 14-year-old girl — disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted by Hensley.

She reportedly told authorities she had started a non-romantic relationship with Hensley and that is when he began inappropriately touching her.

The alleged victim said that on Dec. 25, Hensley had sexual intercourse with her at her adopted parents’ home, the complaint states. The alleged victim was in the care of Hensley when the alleged sexual intercourse took place, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Hensley could be sentenced to not less than 10 nor more than 20 years in the state penitentiary, fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000, or both.