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Barbour County sheriff denies sexual assault accusations

ELKINS, W.Va. - A West Virginia sheriff accused of sexually assaulting a woman has formally denied the charges.

Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins filed an answer to the accusations this week in U.S. District Court in Elkins, denying any wrongdoing.

He also asks the court to strike from her complaint some "unnecessarily sensational" language that he says is designed solely to gain attention.

It accuses the county of failing to train Hawkins how to not act like a brutish Neanderthal.

The Barbour County Commission has also said it will fight the accusations and has found no evidence to support them.

The victim says she was 17 and applying for a 911 center job when she was sexually assaulted.

She also sued for unlawful arrest, excessive force, civil conspiracy, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.


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