The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 2, 2014

Man arrested on charge in Bluefield faces Md. sexual assault charges

A Maryland man who has been living in Bluefield for a few months is now in custody at Southern Regional Jail in Beaver facing public intoxication and failure to register as a sex offender in West Virginia as well as new sexual abuse of a minor charges in Maryland.

Daniel Robert Janney, 39, of Bluefield, was arrested on March 29, on a charge of public intoxication and was later found to have two warrants out of Hartford County, Md.

Patrolman J.S. Bish of the Bluefield Police Department, arrested Janney at the Mountaineer Bowling Lanes and a dispatcher conducted a routine check of wants and warrants for Janney. At the time, the dispatcher found that he was wanted in Hartford County, Md., on theft and destruction of property charges.

However, authorities in that county said they would not extradite Janney on those charges, according to Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department. Janney was arraigned in Mercer County and was remanded to Southern Region Jail on a $5,000 bond, Adams said.

“At the time of his arrest, we found that he was also wanted for failure to register as a sex offender,” Adams said. “A few days after his arrest, Maryland unsealed an indictment naming Janney that had been under seal since December, 2013. We later learned from a person who was familiar with Janney, that he was wanted on four counts of sexual assault of a minor contained in a sealed indictment out of Cecil County, Md.” After communicating with the Maryland authorities, Adams confirmed the charges.

“When I contacted Cecil County. Md., authorities, they were happy to hear he was in custody and immediately sent a detainer to Southern Regional Jail to hold him on their charges,” Adams said. “They are eager to indict him as soon we have court on his charges here.”

Adams received information about the sealed indictment as well as Janney’s prior charges and earlier convictions from Robert Haynes, an acquaintance of Janney’s from Maryland.

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