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April 3, 2014

Jury now deliberating case against Mercer man facing multiple child sexual abuse counts

PRINCETON — A Mercer County jury is still deliberating the case of a Montcalm man facing charges of first-degree sexual assault and 50 counts of possession of child pornography.

John Spaulding, 41, of Montcalm, testified Wednesday that he didn’t place child pornography on his laptop computer. The West Virginia State Police seized the laptop during a seach of his home. Spaulding also is charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl. A photograph of Spaulding with long hair and tattoos was shown to the jurors Thursday, who were told it matched the description of a man seen with Cox at the time of the alleged sexual assault of a 3-year-old child.

The trial was is in its fourth day in Mercer County Circuit Court. Spaulding was arrested in October 2013 after the West Virginia State Police found a laptop computer containing child pornography images during a search of his home. Spaulding also has denied that he had met with  Kimberly Cox, 38, of Nemours in February 2012 at a Bluefield motel to have a sexual encounter with a 3-year-old girl.

The defense has argued that Cox, placed child pornography and text messages on Spaulding’s computer, and implicated him after learning she was facing a long prison sentence for sexual assault charges of her own.

Cox pleaded guilty in November 2013 to sexual assault first degree and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. She must serve 15 to 35 years for sexual assault in the first degree and 10 to 20 years for sexual abuse by a parent or guardian. The sentences are running consecutively. Cox must serve 25 calendar years before she is eligible for parole. She testified Tuesday at Spaulding’s trial.


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