WILLIAMSON – The Williamson Police Department (WPD) have arrested an East End couple on charges they let their underage daughter have sexual relations with a man they allowed to live in their home.
WPD Chief Barry Blair and Patrolman Josh Tincher arrested Rodney Thomas on Monday afternoon. They had previously arrested his wife, Thelma Louise Thomas, and have charged both with felony sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.
The criminal complaint states that from at least February 2014 to the present, the defendants did unlawfully allow Maximo Ayala, age 22, to have sex with their daughter who is under the age of 16.
Ayala was arrested last week by Chief Blair and Sgt. Dale Hensley of the West Virginia State Police.
Ayala is facing charges of first and third degree sexual assault against two young female victims. Blair said the victims were 7-years old and 14-years old.
“The facts are based on statements by the juvenile victim,” the report states.
The Criminal Complaint states that the 14 year old is “believed to be pregnant and currently has a 5-month old child –with great probability that both belong to the accused.”
Rodney Thomas was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Jim Harvey.
The charges are “sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child allowing sexual abuse inflicted upon a child,” the criminal complaint states.
In part the statement reads, “Any parent or other person who knowingly procures, authorizes or induces another person to engage or attempt to engage in sexual exploitation of a child under 16 years of age.”
The felony charge is not less than five years or more than 15 years and up to a $10,000 fine.
Ayala was arraigned before Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and bond was set at $200,000. He is currently lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.
Felony First Degree Sexual Assault states the person engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person, and in doing so, inflicts serious bodily injury. It further states that if the suspect is 18 years old or older and if the victim is younger than 12 years of age, shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than 25 years or more than 100 years. A fine can also be issued up to $25,000, but not less than $5,000.
A Third Degree Sexual Assault conviction would be not more than five years or less than one year and up to a $10,000 fine.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)