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Woman pleads to conspiracy

Buckhannon resident faces prison time in pornography case

November 26, 2013
By Katie Kuba - Upshur Bureau Chief , The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - A Buckhannon woman who allegedly conspired to get a teenage girl drunk and then photograph her engaged in sexually explicit acts recently pleaded guilty to two felony charges in Upshur County Circuit Court.

Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Reger said Rachel Nicole Sargent, 25, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to entice a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and one felony count of conspiracy to photograph a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A presentence investigation report was ordered, and Rachel Sargent will be sentenced Dec. 2.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court following the January arrest of Rachel Sargent and her then-husband Timothy Allen Sargent, 41, of French Creek, the Sargents are accused of giving a 16-year-old girl enough alcohol to cause her to pass out. The complaint stated that Timothy Sargent engaged in sexual intercourse in a Buckhannon motel, and that Rachel Sargent took photographs.

Patrolman T.M. Stewart of the Buckhannon Police Department investigated the case.

Reger said the Sargents were married at the time of their arrest, according to previous reports.

The case of Timothy Allen Sargent - who is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $100,000 bond - is still pending, Reger said Monday.

Rachel Nicole Sargent is being held at the jail on a $75,000 bond.

The following individuals also entered pleas recently in Upshur County Circuit Court.

- Matthew Corey Painter, 25, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty to one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Cpl. J.L. Queen of the Upshur County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.

A presentence investigation report was ordered, and Painter's sentencing hearing was scheduled for Jan. 16, 2014. He faces a possible penalty of one to five years in the state penitentiary, Reger said.

- Donald T. Hull, 29, of Greer, S.C., pleaded guilty to one felony count of bringing stolen property into the state of West Virginia. Cpl. B.K. Wright with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police investigated the case. A presentence investigation report was ordered, and sentencing is set for Jan. 16, 2014.

Hull faces a possible sentence of one to 10 years in the state penitentiary, Reger said.

- Darren J. Bowman II, 61, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty to one felony count of driving while license revoked for DUI, third offense. He waived his right to a presentence investigation report and was sentenced to one to three years in the state penitentiary. However, that sentence was suspended, and he received an alternate sentence of home confinement. The court additionally ordered Bowmen to serve 120 days in jail at the discretion of the court.

- Cody Lee Burr, 22, of Crawford, pleaded guilty to one felony count of fleeing in a vehicle in a manner showing reckless indifference to the safety of others. A presentence investigation report was ordered prior to Burr's sentencing hearing, which is slated for Dec. 2. Patrolman T.M. Stewart of the Buckhannon Police Department investigated the case.

Reger said Burr faces a potential penalty of one to five years in the state penitentiary.

- Channing B. Holmes, 38, of Buckhannon, pleaded guilty to one felony count of failure to provide notice of change in sexual offender registry information. Holmes waived his right to a presentence investigation report and was sentenced to one to five years in the state penitentiary.

Trooper J.D. Jordan and Cpl. T.A. Menendez of the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police investigated the case.

Reger said Holmes pleaded via an information.

 
 

 

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