Ex-Pocahontas deputy pleads guilty to sex crime

By Staff reports
MARLINTON, W.Va. -- A former Pocahontas County deputy faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty on Monday to sexually abusing a child.Bradley C. Totten, of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. In exchange, prosecutors dropped 58 additional charges of sexual abuse.
The state agreed to drop those counts against him to keep the victims from having to testify in court, Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parsons said in a news release. Parsons was appointed as a special prosecutor to the case.Totten is on home confinement, according to the release. He faces no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 20. He would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life upon his release from prison, according to the release.Totten was indicted with 12 counts of sexual abuse in April 2012. Prosecutors added 47 more counts after more alleged victims came forward.
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