By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON - A Ragland man accused of sexual assault was among defendants recently arraigned after being arrested on a variety of criminal charges, according to criminal complaints obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court.
Rodney Luke Thomas, 21, was arrested for four counts of sexual assault, second-degree, according to court records.
Thomas allegedly traveled to Newtown, picked up a 15-year-old girl and took her to a residence in the Ragland area where he engaged in sexual intercourse with her.
According to reports, the girl’s legal guardian reported her missing the next day.
Thomas allegedly took the girl to a convenience store and dropped her off in the early morning hours. The victim then called 911 to report she had been sexually assaulted and was taken by EMS to a medical facility for treatment.
The defendant allegedly admitted to officers that he had sexual intercourse with the girl, but said he dropped her off at the convenience store after finding out (via Facebook) that she was missing and only 15 years old.
The girl told police was in a state of fear while with the defendant and also said she pushed him off and told him stop, but he would not listen.
Steven Robinette, 49, of Williamson, was arrested for indecent exposure and public intoxication.
Trooper Belt of the West Virginia State Police, while on routine road patrol in Williamson, allegedly saw Robinette urinating in public. Upon contact with the accused, the trooper said he smelled alcohol. The defendant allegedly then advised the officer he had been drinking that night and was subsequently arrested.
Mark Allen Smith, 42, of Williamson, was arrested for trespassing, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.
According to police reports, officers received a disturbance call from Jacob’s Well regarding a man who was “making a disturbance.” The owners of the building allegedly told officers the man had frequently been causing problems there by harassing his ex-girlfriend, disrupting church services and trying to fight with renters on the property. The owners allegedly went on to say they did not want the defendant on their property.
When officers located Smith and advised him to stay away from the property, Smith said he would be going to Kawaja Apartments. Officers reportedly advised the defendant that the owner of that building had barred him from his property also.
Later that night officers allegedly went to Kawaja Apartments and found Smith on the premises. According to reports, the defendant was noticeably intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests given to him. The defendant reportedly refused to listen and be quiet and was “attempting to pester officers about making meth.” Smith was then placed under arrest and taken to Southwestern Regional Jail.
Aaron Jefferson Brown, 50, of Williamson, was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and littering.
Brown allegedly was found stumbling in the roadway and drinking a can of beer. Officers detained the defendant, who then allegedly began arguing with Officer Tincher. The defendant allegedly claimed the police were picking on him.
The defendant was arrested and asked who could be contacted to take custody of him in his intoxicated condition. Smith reportedly could not provide any information and was taken to Southwestern Regional Jail.
Lydia Lester, 27, of Justice, was arrested for burglary.
Lester entered (without breaking) the home of Crystal Meade during the daytime at Justice. The defendant reportedly entered the home through an unlocked garage door and took a gold ring along with a Samsung cellphone.