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April 30, 2014

Self-professed ‘warlock’ waives time limit for preliminary hearing in sex abuse case

PRINCETON — A Bluefield man who police say used a promise of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him has waived the time limit for a preliminary hearing.

James “Jim” Irvin, 57, of Bluefield, was scheduled to appear Wednesday before Magistrate Jim Dent for a preliminary hearing. However, Irvin, who is facing multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse charges involving juveniles, opted to waive his time limit for a preliminary hearing.

When a person is charged with a felony and in jail, a preliminary hearing must be held within 10 days unless a person waives the time limit. A new preliminary hearing for Irvin will be scheduled at a later day.

Irvin remains incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He is being represented by defense attorney Bill Huffman.

Police say Irvin claims to be a “warlock” and used his wiccan religion to allegedly get close to the children and ultimately sexually abuse them. Irvin was arrested earlier this month on five counts of sexual assault and 10 counts of sexual abuse involving juveniles. The victims in the case were 3, 9 and 13 years of age at the time of the alleged abuse, according to an earlier report by Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department.


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