A New York man with multiple aliases prostituted a teenage girl out of a stolen minivan in Calhoun County, State Police said.
James Robert Hammond, 40, of Whitesboro, N.Y., will appear Wednesday in Calhoun County Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing on a slew of misdemeanors and felony charges relating to an incident that allegedly occurred in early September.
State Police arrested Hammond on Sept. 8. He was charged with four counts of felony sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, one count of felony use of minor in filming sexually explicit conduct and misdemeanor obstruction, receiving support from prostitution, four counts of running a house of ill-fame or assignation.
Calhoun Magistrate Clerk Gary Smith said several felony charges initially filed against Hammond were dismissed and re-filed as misdemeanors two weeks ago, causing part of the hold-up in court proceedings against him.
Adding to the confusion, Hammond also apparently has several aliases that appear on the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority's website. His photograph is listed under the name of James Morsey. Four other names - JB Jones, James Harper, James Brick and his true identity of Hammond - appear under Calhoun County's list of charges on the website.
Smith has no record of any charges being filed under those names in Calhoun County.
Trooper D.C. Moore tried to establish Hammond's identity but the man gave a false name because he has warrants out of Charleston and New York, according to a criminal complaint filed in Calhoun County.
A Kanawha County warrant for his arrest was issued in 2007 for failure to register as a sex offender, Kanawha Magistrate Joe Shelton said. It wasn't immediately clear Monday evening what the New York warrant was for.