Man Sentenced In Sexual Assault

MOUNDSVILLE — A Moundsville man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl has been sentenced and ordered to register as a sex offender, but he may not have to serve his entire sentence.

In Marshall County Circuit Court on Friday, Judge John T. Madden sentenced Adam Wayne Estel, 26, to a modified sentence of one to five years in prison after Estel entered an Alford Plea as part of a plea agreement.

An Alford plea means the defendant asserts innocence but admits enough evidence exists for the prosecution to convince a judge or jury that the defendant is guilty.

Estel was arrested in November 2006 after West Virginia State Police administered a polygraph test to him. The officer who administered the test said the results were enough for him to consider Estel a suspect in the July 27, 2006, sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

According to Cpl. Stephen Kosek of the Moundsville police, the girl claimed Estel removed her pants and attempted to have sex with her while she was washing dishes in the back of a Moundsville restaurant. Estel told police the girl came on to him, and that he tried to push her away several times.

He was charged and indicted on two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. Both second-degree charges and one third-degree charge were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Madden ordered Estel be given credit for time served and, if his conduct is good, said he should be released after serving six months.

Adam Estel must register as a sex offender within three days of his release from jail.