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Putnam indictments include sexual-abuse charges

By Staff reports

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A Pliny man who police say forced a 14-year-old relative to have sex with him for three years was among 44 people indicted by a Putnam County grand jury on Wednesday.

Michael T. Crist, 46, is charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust; second-degree sexual assault; use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor, incest, daytime burglary, child abuse causing injury and domestic battery.

Last August, police say Crist, a former substitute custodian for Putnam County Schools, hit the teenager, pulled her hair and spit snuff in her face, according to a criminal complaint.

The girl told police she ran to a neighbor's house and hid in a bedroom closet. Police talked to the neighbor, who said the girl told her to "call 911, my dad is trying to kill me," the complaint states.

The neighbor told police she gave the girl her phone and locked the front door. According to the complaint, Crist kicked the neighbor's front door until its frame broke, then found the girl hiding in the closet and pulled her out.

When Crist saw the deputy arrive, he allegedly told the girl, "If you talk to them I'll break your [expletive] neck."

A week later, after Crist was arrested on child abuse charges, the teenager told staff at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital that the abuse began about a month after her 11th birthday, according to a criminal complaint.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt; it just means that a grand jury believes enough evidence of a crime exists to warrant a jury trial.

In a separate indictment, Donald K. Springsteadah, 46, of Eleanor, who used to manage the Pink Pony strip club in Cross Lanes, was charged with two counts of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust and 13 counts of possession of material visually portraying a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Police say Springsteadah abused his girlfriend's juvenile relative and the relative's juvenile friend, according to a criminal complaint. On Jan. 27, 2011, Eleanor police received information from state Child Protective Services about a complaint that Springsteadah was having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl and a friend who had stayed the night, according to the complaint.

When police interviewed Springsteadah and the juveniles, they denied the sexual abuse claims, the complaint states. However, police say the next day the juvenile who had spent the night at Springsteadah's house said Springsteadah had told both girls to "kiss him on the lips," and showed them pornographic images on television before masturbating in front of them.

The complaint states that Springsteadah sent a text message that night asking his girlfriend's relative not to tell what had happened.

On Jan. 31, 2011, police seized three cellphones, two computers, cameras, and other items from Springsteadah's home and sent them to the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation, the complaint states.

After analyzing the phone, police say in the complaint, the dialogue the juvenile friend described was true, and messages were found discussing masturbation and kissing, among other things.

Police also say they recovered a recorded phone conversation from May between the two juvenile girls discussing what happened that night, and, among other things, that the juvenile relative of Springsteadah's girlfriend told her friend "she wouldn't get pregnant by the defendant because he promised her she wouldn't," according to the complaint.

 

Other indictments include:

Anthony D. Atkins, 37, of St. Albans, attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, possession of a substance containing ephedrine and/or psuedoephedrine, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, gross neglect of a child creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury and person prohibited from possessing a firearm; Bridgette D. Atkins, 35, of St. Albans, attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, possession of a substance containing ephedrine and/or psuedoephedrine, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and gross neglect of a child creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury;

Sean J. Sampson-Audorff, 21, of Nitro, daytime burglary and grand larceny; David L. Bailey, 25, of Buffalo, delivery of a controlled substance; Jeffrey W. Blizzard, 47, of Nitro, third offense driving on a revoked license DUI related, fleeing in a vehicle from a law enforcement officer while under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of obstructing an officer, assault of a governmental representative and destruction of property;

Travis L. Boling, 33, of Nitro, daytime burglary and petit larceny; Angela M. Nichols Burns, 31, of Bomont, six counts of fraudulent use of an unauthorized access device, four counts of forgery, two counts of attempting to commit fraudulent use of an unauthorized access device and uttering a forged writing, and Joshua B. Burton, 22, of Hurricane, delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance;

Jeffrey D. Campbell, 28, of Teays, daytime burglary, grand larceny and embezzlement; Edward L. Carter, 38, two counts of domestic battery third offense; Michael C. Cash, 26, of Buffalo, breaking and entering and grand larceny; Rodney L. Chancy, 37, of Winfield failure to provide notice of registration changes; Christopher J. Crouser II, 24, of Fraziers Bottom, daytime burglary and grand larceny; Zachary N. Dolin, 23, of Hurricane, four counts of forgery and uttering a forged writing;

Susan L. Downey, 28, of St. Albans, possession of a controlled substance, attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, and possession of a substance containing ephedrine and/or pseudoephedrine and gross neglect of a child creating a substation risk of serious bodily injury; Lindsey N. Eddy aka Lindsey N. Burton, 19, of Eleanor and Hurricane, delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance;

Timothy W. Elswick, 39, of St. Albans, grand larceny; Larry G. Frazier Jr., 36, of Scott Depot, kidnapping, malicious wounding, grand larceny and fraudulent scheme; Jason L. Gatto aka Jeremy Bowles, 36, of Charleston, four counts of forgery, two counts of forgery of a public record, giving false information to a member of the department of public safety; second offense driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving on a revoked license, DUI related, and Charles K. Glover, 46, of Culloden, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance;

Candice H. Harper, 30, of Elkview, breaking and entering; Cuong T. Hunyh, 25, Cross Lanes, two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of kidnapping; Robert E. Jones, 42, of Scott Depot, attempt to commit fraudulent scheme and two counts fraudulent scheme; Okey L. Justice Jr., 41, of Pliny, breaking and entering and grand larceny; Tiffany F. Logue, 26, of Culloden, two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery; Eric J. Lynch, 47, of Winfield, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance;

Roger L. Madden, 68, of Hurricane, malicious wounding and domestic battery; Travis M. Meadows, 25, of Fraziers Bottom, fraudulent use of an unauthorized access device; Timothy L. Menninger, 34, of Nitro, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance; Thomas L. Moore Jr., 36, of Nitro, third offense driving on a revoked license DUI related; Robert L. Mullins aka Timothy J. Woods, 44, of Hurricane, uttering a forged writing; Kenneth C. Murdock aka Casey Murdock, 23, of Gallipolis, Ohio, first-degree robbery, attempt to commit burglary and escape;

David M. Myers, 20, of Hurricane, receiving stolen property; Thaddeous J. Outley, 28, of Muskegon, Mich., two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; Eric B. Pauley, 50 murder in the first degree; Kevin W. Porterfield, 42, of Charleston, third offense driving on a revoked license DUI related, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a revoked license non DUI and driving without the required security, and Christopher M. Price, 23, of Hurricane, fraudulent use of an unauthorized device and petit larceny.

Charles R. Putnam, 26, of Hurricane, two counts delivery of a controlled substance; Dustin R. Reed, 20, of Bluefield, uttering a forged writing and attempt to utter a forged writing; Desean M. Saunders, 21, of Hurricane, first-degree robbery; Joseph L. Saunders, 30, of Buffalo, three counts of fraudulent use of an unauthorized access device; Eric T. Scarberry, 22, of St. Albans, possession of a substance to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; Michelle T. Scarberry, 33, of Tornado, possession of a substance to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory;

Tracy L. Scarberry, 43, of St. Albans, possession of a substance to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; Troy H. Scarberry, 49, of St. Albans, possession of a substance to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; Michael S. Smith Jr., 41, of Hurricane, forgery and uttering a forged writing; Nathan L. Turley, 22, of Poca, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and Melinda K. Wesfall, 21, of Hurricane, breaking and entering, petit larceny, and destruction of property.

 

 


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