UPDATE: Morgantown man pleads down to misdemeanor domestic battery from Dec. 2020 incident

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UPDATE (4/13/21 11:31 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A man charged with two felonies in connection to an incident in Dec. 2020 has pleaded down to misdemeanor domestic battery.

According to the Monongalia County Magistrate Court, Christian Alicea had been charged with felony strangulation and second-degree sexual assault from an incident in December.

On Apr. 12, Alicea was seen before Magistrate Ron Bane, where he was given the opportunity to plead down his felony charges in exchange for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge, officials said.

Bane accepted the plea, which could hold a sentence of one year in prison, and ruled for a one year unsupervised release, during which time Alicea will have to complete 33 ABC classes, as well as having to call in to day report, have no contact with the victim and have no new criminal violations, according to the magistrate court.


ORIGINAL (12/21/20 11:33 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Morgantown man has been charged after using threats and violence to force a woman to have sexual intercourse, officers said.

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Christian Alicea

On December 18, officers with the Morgantown Police Department were informed of an incident where a man “used physical violence and the threat of physical violence” against a woman to “force her to have sexual intercourse,” according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint stated that Christian Alicea, 19, of Morgantown, did, during the incident, place the woman “in a headlock without her consent,” officers said.

Officers later observed bruises around the victim’s neck “consistent with being strangled,” according to the complaint.

Alicea is being charged with second-degree sexual assault and strangulation. He is currently being held in North Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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