Man waives right to hearing in sexual assault case
by Rachel Dove-Baldwin
Civitas News Service
WILLIAMSON — A former Naugatuck resident who currently resides in Galloway, Ohio, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Mingo County Magistrate on Thursday, and will now have his case presented to the grand jury.
Christopher Hodge, 31, was arrested on Sept. 20, 2012, following an investigation by West Virginia State Trooper D.M. Williamson after he was contacted regarding alleged sexual abuse by the defendant against a 14 year-old female. The incidents are said to have occurred on two separate occasions (August 14 and 15, 2012) at the residence of a relative of the defendant, located at Delbarton. The criminal complaint signed by Trooper Williamson states that the defendant engaged in forced sexual intercourse with the juvenile on the listed dates, despite the numerous attempts made by the victim to make him stop.
Hodge is charged with 2 counts of 2nd degree sexual assault and will remain free on a $20,000 bond, pending future court rulings. The statute regarding 2nd degree sexual assault states that a person is considered guilty of sexual assault when such person engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person without that person’s consent, and the lack of consent results from forcible compulsion; or when such person engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who is physically helpless. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary not less than 10 nor more than 25 years, or fines not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000, and imprisoned in the penitentiary not less than 10 nor more than 25 years.
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