Citing potential conflicts at the Northern Regional Jail, Marshall County Circuit Judge David Hummel on Tuesday transferred John Tedrow to the North Central Regional Jail.
Tedrow, 32, of Second Street, Moundsville, faces 27 sexual abuse-related charges from incidents over the past several years, including 10 counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and 10 counts of first-degree sexual assault in addition to original charges of sexual abuse by a guardian, three counts of using minors in the filming of sexual conduct and two counts of sexual assault in the third degree.
According to the original criminal complaint against Tedrow, the Moundsville Police Department was notified that Tedrow had engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl and had filmed the encounter on a cellular phone.
During a later interview, the girl confirmed it was her in the video, but said she was not aware she was being filmed. The girl further told police Tedrow had been sexually assaulting her for about a year and she was unsure when the video was recorded. Detectives also interviewed a 16-year-old girl, who said Tedrow sexually assaulted her Feb. 9.
A warrant for Tedrow's arrest was issued Feb. 10, according to the complaint. He was found several days later a home on Rine's Ridge, was arraigned and posted $50,000 bond.
Less than a week later, Tedrow was arrested again after authorities conducted additional interviews with alleged victims.
The new criminal complaint states that during an interview at Harmony House, one girl said Tedrow assaulted her more than 20 times between 2006 and 2008. The second girl recounted similar incidents in 2004.
Tedrow was arrested on the new charges and arraigned in Marshall County Magistrate Court, with bond set at $200,000. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will have his case presented to a Marshall County grand jury in July.
On Tuesday, Tedrow and his attorney made a motion to reduce his bond, which was denied by Hummel. However, it was learned the mother of one of the alleged victims is a correctional officer at the Northern Regional Jail, which could cause conflicts of interest while Tedrow awaits the grand jury. Hummel ordered that Tedrow be sent to the North Central Regional Jail to await that date.