The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 6, 2010

Man sought by police arrested in Oak Hill

BECKLEY — A Fayetteville man who had been sought by police on a sexual assault charge was arrested Friday, authorities said.

Jamie Ray Criser, 19, was charged with a single count of second-degree sexual assault, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said. He was arraigned in magistrate court and remanded to Southern Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

Kessler said the sexual assault of a juvenile female was reported in mid-November and investigated by the sheriff’s office and the Just For Kids Child and Youth Advocacy Center. As a result of the investigation, charges were filed against Criser, but deputies were unable to locate him and information was received that he had fled the state.

Around 5 p.m. Friday, a citizen tip was received through the sheriff’s office that Criser would be in the area of Oak Hill City Park within the next hour, Kessler said. Detective Cpl. S.M. Gray and Deputy A.E. Roberts then went to the location and were able to apprehend Criser without incident.

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