JANE LEW, W.Va. — A man has been charged after a juvenile female disclosed incidents of sexual abuse alleged to have taken place in Lewis County.

On Nov. 2, troopers with the Weston detachment of the West Virginia State Police received a call of possible sexual abuse reported by a student in Lewis County, according to a criminal complaint.

Joshua Babcock

Troopers then spoke to the victim, who stated that Joshua Babcock, 37, of Jane Lew, had inappropriately touched her the night before and had “got into the shower with her,” troopers said.

The girl later spoke with the Child Advocacy Center, during which time she disclosed the same information she reported to troopers on Nov. 2, according to the complaint.

On Nov. 29, troopers attempted to speak with Babcock, but could not reach him; however, troopers were able to make contact with him on Dec. 6 to schedule an interview for Dec. 10, but Babcock did not show up for the interview on that date, troopers said.

On Dec. 13, troopers learned that Babcock “had left the state over the weekend and had went to Tennessee,” according to the complaint.

Babcock has been charged with sexual abuse. He is being held in Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.