CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A work release inmate is accused of fondling a woman at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association's animal shelter.
Jeremy Shirley, 35, faces a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.
Shirley, who was at the animal shelter on work release, is being held at St. Mary's Correctional Center. A preliminary hearing will be held Thursday in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
A woman told Charleston Patrolman C.J. Rider she was at the shelter on April 13 when Shirley approached her. Although she didn't know him, he began telling her personal things about himself, according to a criminal complaint.
Shirley told her where he was from, talked about his daughter and claimed to be a college basketball player. The woman said he followed her around the shelter, telling her she was pretty and "innocent looking," according to the complaint.
She went into another room but Shirley followed her. They were alone in that room when he began to ask her personal questions. She ignored him, but he persisted, she said.
He then asked if he could hug her. She said no and walked away, but Shirley grabbed her from behind and pulled her into him, the complaint said.
Shirley began kissing and biting her neck and was trying to kiss her on the face and mouth, but she was able to pull away and flee.
A supervisor at the Work Release Center confirmed Shirley was at the shelter that day and provided a photo of him. The victim identified Shirley in a photo lineup.
Work release inmates regularly perform duties at the shelter like cleaning.