Marshall County Men Charged In Child Sex Crimes

Two Marshall County men face felony charges in unrelated cases of sexual assault.

Last month, James Carney, 47, of Moundsville, was arrested last month after a boy reported to Moundsville police that Carney had molested him as a young child over the course of four years. According to an interview, the alleged victim said Carney had molested him between 30 and 50 times between the ages of 5 and 9. After one such incident the victim described, he reported running home and telling his parents.

Police say they spoke to the accuser’s father, who told police that he had confronted Carney after the incident, who was allegedly defiant, saying “So what if I did?” when asked if he abused the child, according to court documents. A follow-up interview with the alleged victim’s mother said she was also told, when he was six or seven years old, that Carney had raped him, describing the incident, investigators said. No action was apparently taken at the time.

Police then spoke with Carney, who allegedly confessed to molesting the child, who Carney said had “fondled” him first. Carney added that he was intoxicated at the time.

Carney was arrested April 11 and has since posted bond. His preliminary hearing is set for next week before Magistrate Mark Kerwood.

In an unrelated case, police also arrested Seth Thomas, 20, of Proctor. Around 9 a.m. May 5, Marshall County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in Proctor, where the caller said Thomas had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl a few hours earlier. The victim said she was awakened to Thomas touching her, before a friend ran Thomas off and called the police, according to court documents.

Thomas allegedly told police that the girl was harassing him for sex and that he was told she was 18, being unaware that she was underaged.

Thomas posted bond and also has his preliminary hearing set with Kerwood.

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