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Elkins man faces multiple charges

Mayo arrested for child porn, sexual assault

September 19, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

An Elkins man accused of viewing child pornography at a local library now faces additional felony charges.

Lemell Mayo, 25, was charged Monday with second-degree sexual assault. The charges are in addition to the two felony counts of possession of child pornography he faces after his arrest Friday.

Randolph County Magistrate George "Mike" Riggleman set bond at $25,000 cash or surety. Mayo remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime Tuesday.

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Police allege Mayo downloaded child pornography videos and photographs on a public computer Sept. 6 and 12 at the Randolph County Library.

The West Virginia Office of Technology, a state computer monitoring agency, notified West Virginia State Police Trooper 1st Class A.S. Loudin on Sept. 7 and Sept. 13 illegal photos and videos had been downloaded at the library, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office.

Loudin obtained the IP address of the computer that was used Sept. 6 and subsequently served an administrative subpoena to the Randolph County Library, the criminal complaint states. The subpoena revealed Mayo was the only person who had signed in to use the computer during the times and dates the videos and photos were downloaded, according to the report.

A second administrative subpoena for the Sept. 12 date showed that although Mayo had been using a computer in the morning at the library, the time was not consistent with when the child pornography was accessed. However, the director of the library indicated it is possible to use the computer without signing in, the report states.

Mayo already was incarcerated on the child pornography charges when the sexual assault criminal complaint was filed Monday in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office.

The new felony charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred June 5. The incident was not reported until Sept. 10, according to the criminal complaint. That's when the alleged victim in the assault, an adult female, made a walk-in complaint to Trooper D.T. Stallings with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police, records show.

The female claimed Mayo forced her to have sex with him at approximately 7:30 p.m. June 5 at an Elkins residence. Although the victim allegedly suffered bruising on her face, neck and stomach, as well as a bloody nose and other injuries, according to the complaint she told police she did not seek medical treatment after the incident. When police asked why she had waited more than three months to file a complaint, she said Mayo told her he would kill her if she made a report.

However, during a Sept. 14 interview with Loudin, Mayo adamantly denied sexually assaulting the victim, according to the complaint. The report indicates Mayo told Loudin he would "gladly submit to a polygraph (test) regarding the incident."

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