Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 20, 2013

Former church youth volunteer facing 38 counts of child sexual abuse waives time limit for hearing

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A former church youth volunteer and child mentor charged with 38 counts of child sexual abuse related charges has waived the time limit for his preliminary hearing.

Timothy Probert, 55, was taken into custody by Sgt. M.D. Clemons, with the Crimes Against Children Unit of the West Virginia State Police, earlier this month. He was scheduled to appear this morning before Mercer County Magistrate Jim Dent for a preliminary hearing, but waived the time limit. A new preliminary hearing date for Probert will be set sometime in January, according to court officials.

The alleged crimes stem from incidents that occurred when Probert was a youth volunteer at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bluefield and a volunteer with the Working to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect (WE CAN) program.

Probert is charged with 22 counts of sexual abuse by a custodian; six counts of first-degree sexual abuse; seven counts of third-degree sexual assault; one count of distribution and display of obscene matter to a minor; one count of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor; and one count of use of a minor to produce obscene matter or to assist in doing sexually explicit conduct.

Clemons in an earlier interview said the abuse charges stem from incidents that date back to 1986. The last incidents occurred between July 2008 and 2010. There are eight alleged victims, all male, who ranged in age from 12 to 17 at the time the incidents occurred, she said.