Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 7, 2014

Jury now deliberating case against man facing sexual assault, child porn, charges


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Mercer County jury is now deliberating in the case of a Montcalm man facing charges including sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler argued in his closing statement that text messages and other evidence showed how John Spaulding, 41, received child pornography photographs from Kimberly Cox, 38, of Nemours, and made arrangements with her to meet at a Bluefield motel so he could have a  sexual encounter with a 3-year-old girl.

Defense attorney Harold Wolfe countered that Cox manufactured the evidence to control Spaulding and to avoid up to 420 years in prison. Cox pleaded guilty previously to sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. She must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.