ST. MARYS -A St. Marys man has been arrested and jailed, facing sex charges related to a family member.
Carl F. Downing was arrested by the Pleasants County detachment of the West Virginia State Police earlier this week, charged with three counts of sexual assault.
According to the criminal complaint, Downing's wife confronted him about entering the bathroom while a 13-year-old girl was in the shower. The girl told her mother Downing had been "touching her" in the shower, the complaint states.
The girl was later interviewed by the state police and Department of Health and Human Resources personnel. During interviews, the girl claimed Downing had been groping her since last summer and also alleged Downing had forced her to fondle him, according to the complaint.
The alleged incidents took place between July 2012 and May 2013.
The 41-year-old Downing was arraigned in Pleasants County Magistrate Court. Bail was set at $91,000. He remains incarcerated at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County. Downing's pretrial hearing is set for June 13. He is represented by A.J. Munoz.
In addition to the sex charges, Downing was also charged with possession of marijuana.