Investigation Continues In Seduction Of Child Case in Ohio County

Investigators with the West Virginia State Police continue to examine two cellphones that belong to a Wheeling man accused of trying to seduce a 12-year-old boy online and lure him to McDonald’s in Elm Grove.

They’re focusing on 31-year-old Christopher John Roshak’s Facebook account, through which he allegedly communicated with the boy through the Messenger application. However, they’ll also be checking for Roshak’s use of other social media accounts, according to a member of the Crimes Against Children Unit.

“We do searches of usernames … as far as searching the digital devices,” West Virginia State Police Sgt. Scott Adams said. “He is only charged with the crimes related to this one family, but he could definitely face further charges if there are other victims.”

Roshak was arrested Dec. 11 after Adams and the boy’s mother allegedly fooled Roshak into believing he was communicating with the boy from Dec. 6-11, including planning to meet him at the eatery and go to another location to perform sexual acts, the complaint states.

Instead of the boy showing up, Adams arrived and charged Rosak with three felonies: distribution and display to a minor of obscene matter; use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor; and soliciting a minor, a charge that includes a specification of traveling with intent to engage in sexual activity, the complaint states.

Last week, Roshak’s public defender, Robert Gaudio, waived Roshak’s preliminary hearing in Ohio County Magistrate Court. His case goes before the Ohio County grand jury next month.

Adams said Wednesday he also investigated Roshak about two years ago, when the man was charged with possessing child pornography. It was a case that went to federal court, but was ultimately dismissed.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)