Coalton man facing charge


ELKINS — A Coalton man is facing a felony charge.

Ricky A. Fortney, 35, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender (lifetime), second offense. Bond was set at $30,000 cash only by Randolph County Magistrate Mike Dyer.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Corporal S.P. Miller of the West Virginia State Police, known sex offender Fortney was spotted driving by a Moorefield Police Department officer, at which time the officer examined Fortney’s most recent sex offender registry form– showing that there were no vehicles registered in his name.

The report states that the officer had Elkins Communications check the license for the vehicle, which showed that it was titled by the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles on June 19. The report additionally states that Fortney had 10 days to register the vehicle with his sex offender registry, which was required to be done by July 3.

If convicted, Fortney could be facing up to 25 years in prison.


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