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WPHS Senior In Child Sex Case

Police say alleged victims were two girls under the age of 10

September 28, 2012
By TYLER REYNARD Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - West Virginia State Police arrested Wheeling Park High School senior Cody Brautigam at the school's campus Thursday on allegations he sexually assaulted two girls younger than 10 years old.

Brautigam, 18, of Wheeling was booked into the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. As of late Thursday, he had yet to post $100,000 bond.

According to a police report, a 9-year-old girl told a sexual assault counselor earlier this month that Brautigam engaged in sexual behavior with her at the girl's home in July. The girl said Brautigam illegally touched and kissed her, sometimes while both were undressed, according to the report.

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The following day, an 8-year-old girl told the counselor that Brautigam on multiple occasions pulled her by her hair into a room, where he sexually assaulted her. Those alleged crimes occurred around the same time as those involving Brautigam's other accuser, the police report states.

State Police Sgt. Scott Adams said the investigation launched after the girls disclosed the allegations to personnel at their school. Child Protective Services interceded and subsequently contacted State Police. Chief Public Defender Shayne Welling has been appointed to represent Brautigam during a hearing at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 before Ohio County Magistrate Charles Murphy.

Ohio County Schools declined to comment on the allegations against Brautigam or his arrest Thursday.

Adams was out of uniform when he arrived at the high school about 9 a.m. Thursday. He made contact with the school's prevention resource officer, who pulled Brautigam from class. Adams advised the student of the allegations against him, escorted him out of the building, then handcuffed and arrested him.

Following his arrest, Brautigam was arraigned by Ohio County Magistrate Patricia Murphy, processed at the State Police Wheeling detachment and transported to jail.

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