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Charges dropped against Elkview man in alleged rape

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County prosecutors have dropped first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping charges against a Charleston pizza delivery driver, whom a 13-year-old girl accused of taking her against her will to a motel earlier this month.

Bradley Alan Price, 34, of Elkview, is now charged with third-degree sexual assault, or statutory rape, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said Wednesday. A first-degree sexual assault charge and a felony kidnapping charge against Price were dropped after prosecutors reviewed evidence on Wednesday, Plants said.

The girl gave prosecutors statements that contradicted the original story she told police, Plants said.

Also, security footage disputed the girl's claim that she was kidnapped near the bus stop at Central Avenue and Russell Street at 8 p.m. on April 10, Plants said.

The girl had accused Price, a West Side pizza delivery driver, of forcing her into his car by threatening to harm her. The girl told police that Price then drove her around until the early morning hours delivering pizzas. At one point, the girl told police, Price stopped by his house in Elkview to drop off medication to his own children.

At the end of his shift at 2 a.m., Price allegedly drove the girl to Knights Inn in Kanawha City and rented a room. The evidence shows that Price did have sex with the 13-year-old girl, Plants said.

Afterward, the girl went to the motel's front desk and called her father, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Price fled before the girl's father arrived. When the girl told her father that she had been kidnapped, he immediately called police.

Price was in South Central Regional Jail on Wednesday evening, awaiting an arraignment hearing on the third-degree sexual assault charge. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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