A former Pocahontas County prosecuting attorney and sheriff's deputy were among 12 people indicted this week in the August term of the grand jury.
Former Pocahontas County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley C. Totten was named in a 47-count indictment according to court documents, with 21 counts charging him with sexual assault in the third degree; 21 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian; three counts of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree; one count of sexual assault in the second degree; and one count of sexual intercourse with an incarcerated person by a person working as a deputy sheriff, all felonies.
According to the indictment, Totten allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female younger than 16 from Oct. 1, 1992 through August 1994. The indictment also alleges Totten attempted to subject another minor who was younger than 16 to sexual contact. Totten allegedly also engaged in sexual intercourse with another woman without her consent by using physical force.
The case was presented by Brian Parsons, an assistant prosecuting attorney from Fayette County. Pocahontas County Prosecuting Attorney Donna Price recused herself from the case.
Parsons also presented charges against former Pocahontas County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lee Clifton II. Clifton was indicted on two counts of sexual assault in the second degree; and two counts of imposition of sexual intercourse on an incarcerated person, all felonies, according to court documents.
According to the indictment, Clifton allegedly forced a woman to give him oral sex by threatening to have her incarcerated. The indictment also alleges Totten forced the woman to have oral sex while she was incarcerated.
Price also presented several cases to the grand jury this week. Ten people where indicted Tuesday on 23 charges, with 21 felonies and two misdemeanors.
Charles E. Ellison, 35, of Slatyfork, was named in a seven-count indictment charging him with two counts of burglary, three counts of grand larceny, one count of conspiracy and one count of breaking and entering.
According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 20, 2011, Ellison allegedly broke into Appalachian Sport in Marlinton and stole nine guns valued at more than $1,000. On Sept. 18, 2001, Ellison allegedly broke into Slatyfork Farms and took a Sony LCD television, two Vizio 19-inch televisions and one Samsung 40-inch television, all valued at more than $1,800.
According to the indictment, Ellison also allegedly broke into the home of Steve Wampler in Mace. Ellison allegedly took one Sony BluRay player, one Vizio 26-inch television, one Radius speaker bar, one Sony 46-inch television, 25 DVDs, a Rinnai tankless hot water heater, one snowboard with binding, one pair of wooden snowshoes, one pair of aluminum snowshoes with snow poles and other items, all valued at more than $3,745.
Shauna R. Spence, 28, and Justin Faudree, 24, both of Eccles, were named in separate indictments charging them both with one count of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy, both felonies. According to the indictments, Spence and Faudree allegedly stole $2,104.95 worth of items from the home of Kenneth and Dottie Brock of Hillsboro. The conspiracy charge stems from the pair allegedly planning the crime with Justin Faudree.
John Shinaberry, 39, of Cass, was named in a one-count indictment charging him with felony grand larceny. According to the indictment, in August 2011, Shinaberry allegedly stole three cows and seven calves from Swego Farm at Spruce Flats owned by David Workman.
Danny Lambert, 43, of Durbin, was named in an one-count indictment charging him with felony child abuse resulting in injury. According to the indictment, Lambert allegedly caused bodily injury to a 9-year-old.
Randall Bibb, 59, of Marlinton, was charged with one count of sexual abuse in the first degree. According to the indictment, from Jan. 1, 2003, through Dec. 31 of 2004, Bibb allegedly had sexual contact with a victim younger than 12 years old.
Daniel Hernandez, 53, currently incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, was named in a three-count indictment charging him with one count of transporting stolen property into the state, a felony, one count of driving with no operator's license and one count of failure to yield at an intersection, both misdemeanors.
According to the indictment, on May 26, Hernandez allegedly drove a stolen vehicle into the state while he did not have a driver's license and failed to yield to a vehicle on the highway as he entered the roadway.
Wanda Harris, 50, of Marlinton, was indicted on four counts of deliver of a controlled substance, all felonies. According to the indictment, in April 2012, Harris allegedly delivered a controlled substance, Dilaudid, a schedule II narcotic.
Selina Goode, 27, of Marlinton, was indicted on one count delivery of a controlled substance. According to the indictment, on or around May 10, Goode allegedly delivered Subutex, a schedule III narcotic.
Timothy L. Keene, 51, was indicted with one count of failure to register as a sex offender. According to the indictment, on or around July 12, Keene allegedly failed to change his registration when he resigned from his job.
Indictments are merely formal charges. All those facing charges should be presumed innocent unless they are found guilty in a court of law.