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Smithers man faces sexual abuse charges

Register-Herald - 11/16/2023

Nov. 15—A Smithers man faces felony sexual abuse charges, according to Fayette County authorities.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley, deputies launched an investigation on Nov. 3 into the possible sexual abuse of a juvenile. Based on a preliminary investigation, enough probable cause was found to obtain a warrant, Fridley noted in a press release.

Brian T. Whittington, 39, was charged with the felony offenses of sexual abuse in the first degree and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or person in trust.

He was arraigned by a Fayette County magistrate, where he posted a $35,000 bond and was to await court proceedings, according to the press release.

Anyone that has information relating to the incident is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Department at 304-574-3590 or contact Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867.


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