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South Charleston Man Faces Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse Charges

Reported: May. 14, 2014 3:17 PM EDT
Updated: May. 14, 2014 3:29 PM EDT
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Court documents said a South Charleston man faces charges after he was accused of sexually assaulting a young boy.

John Franklin Russell, 43, is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to child, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

State Police said in October 2013 a trooper received a sexual assault complaint and interviewed a 12-year-old boy who said that Russell had been dating his mother. The trooper said the boy claimed he was sexually assaulted by Russell in St. Albans on more than one occasion.

On Wednesday, the trooper located Russell who told the officer he had sexually assaulted the boy four times when the victim was about 5 years old, the complaint said.

Russell was arraigned on the charges and a magistrate set a $25,000 surety bond. He was being held Wednesday at the South Central Regional Jail.

-- West Virginia Regional Jail Photo



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