- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A magistrate judge has sent two charges filed against a former Jefferson County commissioner to a grand jury, but found there wasn’t probable cause on a third charge.

The Journal (https://bit.ly/2d3Nlab) reports the ruling Thursday came after a preliminary hearing for 37-year-old Eric Keith Bell, who is accused of trading sexual images with a 16-year-old boy.

After hearing testimony from the boy, his mother and a police investigator, Magistrate Mary Rissler found there was probable cause for charges of possession of child pornography and distribution and display of obscene material to a minor. Rissler did not find probable cause for a charge of sexual abuse by a person of trust.

Bell resigned his seat on the county commission after being charged in June. The Republican was elected in 2014.


Information from: The Journal, https://journal-news.net/

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