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Barbour man charged with sexual assault

February 19, 2014
By Melissa Toothman Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

BELINGTON - A Barbour County man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Ronald C. Posten, 29, of Belington, was charged Friday with three felony counts of third-degree sexual assault, all of which allegedly occurred in July 2013 when the defendant was 28 and the alleged victim was 15, according to criminal complaints on file in the Barbour County Magistrate Clerk's office.

Posten has been released from jail after posting a $15,000 surety bond, according to a spokesperson in the magistrate clerk's office.

According to the criminal complaints, the alleged victim told Sgt. John Wyatt with the Philippi Detachment of the West Virginia State Police that on July 13, 2013; July 14, 2013; and July 17, 2013, Posten allegedly had sexual intercourse with her in her father's home in Dartmoor while her father and stepmother were in Elkins. The complaint also states that when confronted with that information, Posten allegedly confessed that he had sex with the 15-year-old three times.



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