Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 5, 2012

W.Va. School for Blind worker accused of sex abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Board of Education has suspended without pay a child-care worker at the West Virginia School for the Blind charged in a sex abuse case.

The board's vote Thursday came three weeks after Hampshire County authorities charged 39-year-old Roger L. Sipple of Romney with eight counts of sexual abuse by a guardian.

A criminal complaint alleges Sipple bought alcohol and cigarettes for a 16-year-old girl and another juvenile in exchange for them exposing and touching themselves at his home.

The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/PeQG9e ) reports Sipple was a child-care worker in one of three residential halls and has worked at the School for the Blind since at least 2008.

Sipple doesn't have a listed telephone number and it wasn't known whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.com

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