Two men charged with kidnapping, raping Taylor County teen
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two men, including one from Kentucky, were arrested after allegedly abducting and raping a 14-year-old Taylor County girl at a home in Fairmont.
Lewis Kelly Dailey, 22, of Ratliff, Ky., and Jamey Glen Dodrill, 27, of Fairmont were arrested Tuesday.
The arrest came after authorities spoke with a 14-year-old girl who had been reported missing Sunday. A silver alert had been issued for her because she has a mental disability. The search was cancelled Tuesday after the teen walked into the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman said.
During the search, State Police Cpl. S.D. Swiger working with Capt. Randy Durrett of the Taylor County Sheriff's Department among other law enforcement agencies including the FBI, developed other leads in the girl's disappearance.
The investigation revealed that she agreed to meet Dailey after having multiple cellphone and online conversations with him.
Dailey knew how old the girl was but made arrangements to meet with her in Taylor County, according to a criminal complaint filed in Marion County. He met the girl in the parking lot of Quality Machine on Sunday in Taylor County. He then drove her to a house on Holbert Road in Fairmont.
It was there that he had sex with her in the living room of the house, the complaint said. She told troopers she smoked a partial bowl of marijuana that night and that she had been driven "all over the place."
She said they returned to the Fairmont house on Monday and was forced to have sex with Dailey in a bedroom. She told troopers he bit her and pulled her hair, the complaint said. She said she didn't want to have sex with him but feared he would hurt her if she didn't.
Another man assaulted her Tuesday morning. She said Dodrill forced her to the floor and had sex with her as Dailey watched, according to the complaint.
The two have been charged with human trafficking, sexual assault, kidnapping and conspiracy.
"It reminds us as parents — I'm not saying in this case they were or weren't — but as parents we need to play an active role in the lives of our kids," Baylous said. "Monitor their internet activity and cellphone usage, and know who they're talking to.
"Children don't have the understanding that adults have and that's why they need parents to help them discern and use good judgment."
He said the case also showed a need for more resources for the Crimes Against Children Unit, which handles all crimes, physical and cyber, against children. He said the unit helped with the computer and cellphone messages between the suspect and victim and also conducted some interviews.
He said with more resources the unit would be more proactive instead of reactive.
Dailey and Dodrill are being held at North Central Regional Jail. Dailey's bond was set at $2 million while Dodrill's was $750,000.
The case remains under investigation and further arrests could be made.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4850.