KEYSER – Mineral County's Grand Jury handed down indictments against six people Tuesday for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender as required by law.

By Liz Beavers

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Tribune Managing Editor

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KEYSER – Mineral County’s Grand Jury handed down indictments against six people Tuesday for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender as required by law.

Among those indicted was Alex James McDonald of Fort Ashby, former director of Apple Alley Players who had originally been charged in 2014 with sexual abuse, sexual abuse by a custodian, battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, stemming from an incident which occurred in 2013 during rehearsal of one of Apple Alley’s productions.

McDonald pled no contest to the misdemeanors of battery and contributing to the delinquency  in a plea agreement in 2015, however, and was sentenced to six months for each charge, to be served consecutively. He was released from the Potomac Highlands Regional jail in June 2016.

Included in the Circuit Court’s ruling was an order to register as a sex offender with the West Virginia State Police no later than three days after being released from jail.

Attorney Nick James, who represented McDonald, filed an appeal with the West Virginia State Supreme Court, however, asking that the court find the crimes were not sexually motivated and therefore releasing McDonald from the requirement to register.

The Supreme Court issued its ruling in November, affirming the Circuit Court’s previous ruling that the crimes were sexually motivated.

McDonald was therefore indicted on Tuesday with two charges of failure to register or provide notice of changes.

Also indicted with similar charges in unrelated cases were:

-          William Glenn Weasenforth, Keyser, two charges of failure to register or provide notice of changes;

-           Timothy Wayne Walden, 26 Medallion Dr., Mt. Storm, one charge of failure to register or provide notice of changes;

-          Thomas Paul Hartman Sr., 12376 Fort Ashby Rd., Keyser, one charge of failure to register or provide notice of changes;

-          Larry Robert Arbaugh Jr., 36 S. Water St., Keyser, four charges of failure to register or provide notice of changes; and

-          Kenneth Lloyd Bowser Jr., New Creek, two charges of failure to register or provide notice of changes.

All the above cases were investigated by Senior Trooper Zachary Paterline of the West Virginia State Police.