Last updated: December 24. 2013 12:17PM - 3035 Views
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MATEWAN - The husband of a Matewan Middle School teacher arrested on sexual abuse charges was also arrested after an ongoing investigation by the West Virginia State Police.

The investigation, which began in November, has resulted in the arrest of a Matewan resident on charges of third-degree sexual assault of a minor.

Senior Trooper C.D. Douglas arrested John Parsons, 32, who stands accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl who was staying in his home at Blackberry City between the dates of Oct. 1-31.

According to the criminal complaint and the request for an arrest warrant that were filed before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom by Douglas, Parsons allegedly had sexual contact with the teen on two separate occasions. This contact allegedly consisted of using his hands to grope the juvenile under her clothing, placing his hands under her pants and shirt, kissing her on the mouth, and groping her buttocks above her clothing, as well as other illegal acts.

The misdemeanor charge against Parsons states that a person is guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree when he subjects another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent, or when such lack of consent is due to the victim’s incapacity to consent by reason of being less than 16 years of age. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be found guilty of a misdemeanor, and if upon conviction thereof, shall be confined to the county jail not more than 90 days and/or be fined not more than $500.

The defendant posted bond after being formally arraigned on the charge before Sidebottom and will be appearing back in court in the near future for a hearing to answer these charges.

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