UPDATE (September 5, 2019, 1 p.m.):
ANMOORE, W.Va.- A Harrison County man has been charged with third-degree sexual assault following an incident in Anmoore Tuesday involving a minor from Kentucky.
According to Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny, authorities arrested Christopher Watson, 31, of Clarksburg, near W.Va. 58 in Anmoore after a 12 year-old girl, who turned out to be a runaway from Ashland, Kentucky, identified Watson.
Deputies said around 10 a.m. a girl was “nude and covered in mud,” walking along W.Va. 58 in Anmoore. Once law enforcement arrived on scene, they discovered the juvenile runaway.
Deputies said the girl met up with Watson who was staying in the cab of a large truck in the area, where authorities determined she had spent the night.
According to court documents, Watson admitted the girl did perform oral sex on him.
Deputies said the juvenile has since been turned over to Child Protective Services.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s detective unit and the Anmoore Police Department are handling the investigation.
UPDATE (9/4/2019 3:45p.m.):
A man has been arrested on a sexual assault charge after a juvenile from Kentucky was found walking along a roadway in Anmoore Wednesday morning.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department issued a release on Wednesday afternoon with additional information regarding the missing Kentucky girl who was located on Wednesday.
According to the release, deputies received a call at approximately 10 a.m. about a female that had been seen walking along the roadway on Route 58 in Anmoore. The release stated that once units arrived on scene, it was discovered the female was a juvenile out of Kentucky.
While gathering information, deputies noticed a man walking from the scene and detained him, according to the release. The man, Christopher Watson, was taken into custody and the girl was able to identify him as the man who assaulted her.
Watson was then charged with third degree sexual assault, according to the release. Deputies said the investigation is still active and ongoing.
ORIGINAL (9/4/2019 12:27 p.m.):
A missing juvenile has been recovered as the result of a phone call from a concerned individual.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, a citizen called the Anmoore Police Department to report a sighting of a juvenile reported missing in Kentucky.
The girl is considered to be a victim of an assault and was reported as missing from the other state, according to deputies.
Currently, the Anmoore Police Department is the lead investigator on the case and being assisted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.