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Former Pocahontas deputy now faces 59 sex charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Pocahontas County sheriff's deputy now faces 59 counts of sexual abuse and assault for allegedly forcing sex on girls and women after they were arrested or in his custody, and additional potential victims have come forward.Bradley C. Totten, 40, was arraigned last week on 22 counts of third-degree sexual assault, 22 counts of sexual abuse by a custodian, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sexual assault and sexual intercourse with an incarcerated person, said Brian Parsons, a special prosecutor from Fayette County assigned to the case.The charges are in addition to 12 counts of sexually abusing four children and one woman between May 1999 and April 2010, for which Totten was indicted in April.In all, the indictments allege Totten illegally had sex with seven women over a 10-year-period. The last allegation is that Totten forced a female prison inmate to have sex in 2010.Parsons confirmed Friday that other women have come forward since the most recent indictment.
"I'm aware of three more people who are being considered as potential victims," he said.Parsons could not say Friday if additional charges might be filed against the former deputy.Last week, Greenbrier-Pocahontas Circuit Judge James Rowe placed Totten on home confinement pending trial after Totten agreed to pay $50,000 bail. Totten will not be permitted to leave his home except for a medical emergency or to consult with his attorney.Totten's next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19, Parsons said.Reach Rusty Marks at or 304-348-1215.
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