EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Deputy Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse Of Underage Victim
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Reported by: Mamie Buoy
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 16, 2013 4:03 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 16, 2013 4:14 PM EDT
Marlinton , West Virginia
A former Pocahontas County deputy pleaded guilty to sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.
Bradley Totten admitted on Friday that he had the underage victim perform sexual acts on him while he was serving as a deputy in the fall of 2000, according to a news release from Fayette County Prosecutor Carl Harris. Fayette County prosecuted the case since Totten is a well-known figure in Pocahontas County due to the fact he served as a deputy.
Totten was charged with various sex crimes that allegedly occurred from 1999 to 2010 while he was employed as a deputy sheriff for Pocahontas County. Thirteen women accused Totten of sex-related crimes, which resulted in three Pocahontas County grand juries returning numerous charges against him.
Totten is currently on home confinement until he is sentenced in September. The prosecutor said he faces a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison, lifetime registration as a sex offender and possible long-term supervision as a convicted sex offender when he is released from prison.
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