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Former deputy who admitted to sex with teen faces 20 years in prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A former Pocahontas County deputy who admitted to sex with an underage girl while on duty faces up to 20 years in prison.

Bradley C. Totten of Hillsboro pleaded guilty to felony sexual abuse by a custodian Friday before Greenbrier Circuit Judge James Rowe, according to a press release from the Fayette County Prosecutor's Office.

Totten admitted he had an underage girl perform oral sex on him while on duty in the fall of 2000, according to the release. He was charged with multiple sex crimes spanning a period from 1999 to 2010, all while he worked as a Pocahontas deputy.

He was indicted in April 2012 by a grand jury and charged with one count each of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree assault, three counts of third-degree sexual assault and six counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.

The victims in the initial case were four girls under the age of 16 and an incarcerated woman. 

All told, 13 women made sexual abuse allegations against Totten, including one who was incarcerated at the time of the alleged incident. The women coming forward resulted in three Pocahontas grand juries returning charges against Totten.

Brian Parsons, Fayette assistant prosecutor, served as a special prosecuting attorney in the matter. Charleston attorney Mike Callaghan is representing Totten.

Totten will remain on home confinement with GPS monitoring until he is sentenced at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 20. He faces 10 to 20 years in prison, lifetime registration as a sex offender and possible long-term supervision as a convicted sex offender upon release.


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