By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - A Williamson man was taken into custody by the city police chief and a West Virginia state trooper on several counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl.
Vernon Eugene Hambrick, “aka” Junebug, 45, of Levine Stree, is accused of four counts each of sexual assault, third -degree, and sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust.
According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, between the dates of April 14 and April 20, Hambrick did unlawfully and feloniously have sexual contact with the victim. During an interview with the preteen female, she said that the defendant had performed digital penetration of her vagina, had forced her to perform oral sex on him, and also engaged in sexual intercourse with her both vaginally and anally, according to the complaint. The sexual acts were said to have occurred a number of times during the seven days listed above.
The complaint further states that the victim is a family member of the accused, and was living in the same residence as Hambrick during the time the events allegedly took place.
The victim was interviewed extensively by Sgt. Dale Hensley of the West Virginia state police, who specializes in sexual abuse cases, as well as members of the state Child Protective Services and the Logan County Child Advocacy Center, according to the complaint. The interview was also witnessed by Blair, the city police chief, according to the arrest report. The arrest warrant for the defendant was issued following the conclusion of the interview, the complaint states.
Hambrick was arrested and taken to Mingo County Magistrate Court, where he was arraigned on the eight criminal charges by Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden where he remains in lieu of $160,000 bond.
Hanbrick is scheduled to return to magistrate court at 9 a.m. today for a preliminary hearing before Magistrate Pam Newsome in this matter.