Buckhannon woman charged with sexual abuse


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman has been accused of allegedly touching a 4-year-old inappropriately.

Barbara Sue Mitchell, 59, of Buckhannon, was charged with sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, a felony, following an investigation by Trooper First Class P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

On Dec. 29, 2020, Robinette took a complaint from a woman who called 911 to report alleged sexual abuse against her son. The alleged victim told his mother that Mitchell had allegedly touched him inappropriately while giving him a shower, the criminal complaint states.

On Jan. 22, the alleged victim had a forensic interview at Mountain CAP’s Child Advocacy Center, and stated that Mitchell touched his private area, according to the complaint.

Mitchell allegedly confessed to the act and said she told the 4-year-old, “No, we aren’t supposed to do that. That’s not nice at all.”

Mitchell then said she told the alleged victim to not talk about the incident to anyone. Mitchell told Robinette that this was the only incident to occur but that she had watched the boy frequently, the complaint states.

Magistrate Mark Davis set bond at $50,000 and ordered her to have no contact with the alleged victim.

If convicted, Mitchell faces imprisonment in a correctional facility of 10 to 20 years, or fined $500 to $5,000 and imprisoned 10 to 20 years in a correctional facility.


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