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Grand Jury indicts Faulkner

February 28, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

A former Elkins Middle School teacher accused of sexual abuse of a minor was among those indicted Monday by the Randolph County Grand Jury.

Autumn Rae Faulkner, 29, of Beverly, was indicted on three counts of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of sexual abuse by a custodian or person in a position of trust to a child, all felonies.

It was unclear Monday whether these allegations were tied to the same case involving Faulkner and a 15-year-old student in December 2008 and February 2009.

That case initially was dismissed in December 2010 after Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong ruled the grand jury panel was tainted because a juror had prior information regarding the case. The charges were later dismissed again because of errors made by the prosecution under former Prosecuting Attorney Rich Busch.

Elkins Attorney Steve Jory was appointed in September as a special prosecutor to take over the case against Faulkner.

Monday's grand jury indictments included Faulkner and 13 others. Bond return for the grand jury indictments is set for 9 a.m. March 7.

Additional information about Faulkner's case and the other Randolph County indictments will be published Wednesday.



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