Ex-little league coach pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A former Little League Baseball Coach accused of sexually abusing children has entered a guilty plea in Fayette County Circuit Court.
Media outlets report 26-year-old John “Hunter” Krise pleaded guilty Thursday to six counts of felony sex crimes against juveniles. Krise will be sentenced June 17, and could face up to 90 years in prison.
Prosecutor Larry Harrah says investigators found thousands of pornographic pictures stored electronically on Krise’s phone depicting children engaged in sexual activities with adults and other children.
When offering his plea, Krise said in court he molested an 11-year-old child at his house in August 2014. He said he also “sexted” two other male victims.
Judge John Hatcher said Krise could also have to pay for his victims’ medical care and court fees. Krise will have to register as a sex offender for life.
Lawmakers to overhaul intern rules after sex offender hired
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers plan to overhaul hiring rules for paid interns after the House of Delegates employed a registered sex offender during this year’s legislative session.
Reportss state that the Legislature didn’t conduct a background check on 23-year-old intern Alexander Phillip Collins, who pleaded guilty to downloading and sharing child pornography in 2013 and worked as a paid intern for the House Education Committee this year.
Jackson County’s Steve Westfall says interns this fall likely will be required to disclose any felony or misdemeanor arrests on their application form.
“We are going to redo the application,” Westfall said. “We are in the process of changing this.”
Westfall, a Republican, says staff also will run applicants’ names through the West Virginia sex offender registry.
House Democrats said the applicants should be run through a comprehensive FBI background check.
Officials investigating money missing from magistrate court
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating money missing from Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Rutherford tells the media that a court official informed deputies about the missing money on Wednesday.
Magistrate court employees deposit money daily collected from fines, among other court costs.
Rutherford says the money was supposed to have deposited at the end of the day and it wasn’t. He says when another individual went to look for it the next day, it wasn’t there.
Rutherford says it’s unknown what happened to the money. He declined to say how much is missing.
Deputies are interviewing employees and magistrates who work in the office.