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Charleston man admits sexual assault

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man admitted Monday that he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend last year.

Erique Harris, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault in Kanawha Circuit Court, according to assistant prosecutor Michele Drummond.

In November last year, Drummond said, Harris told the woman to get off the bus and he'd give her a ride to work so she wouldn't be late.

She got off the bus near where Harris' father lived and the two walked along train tracks behind the Open Door Apostolic Church near Wertz Avenue and Kanawha Boulevard, according to Drummond.

Harris asked the woman, "Don't I get a hug?" Drummond said.

"She put her right arm around him and patted him on the back. At the same time, she felt a sharp pain in her left arm and she looked down and [Harris] was holding a steak knife and stabbed her again," Drummond said.

Harris then ordered the woman to pull down her pants and lay on her stomach. She was able to dial 911 without Harris noticing, the prosecutor said.

Emergency officials were able to locate the woman by tracing her cell phone's location.

Harris faces up to 60 years in prison when Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey sentences him at 1 p.m. on June 12.

 


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