Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 16, 2013

Former McDowell teacher facing extradition

WELCH — Extradition proceedings are underway for a former McDowell County teacher who allegedly solicited a female student by computer.

The case began on Oct. 31 when the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department was contacted about the incident, Sgt. James Muncy said Friday in a press release.

A River View High School student, whose name was not released due to her juvenile status, told one of her teac-her’s that she had been contacted by a former McDowell County teacher, Muncy said. This teacher, Randall Jared Cassels, 24, of Boone, N.C., had allegedly contacted the student by email.

Cassels currently teaches at Piedmont High School in North Carolina, Muncy said.

“The female student made accusations that the former teacher solicited her via computer and reported the incident to a teacher at River View; in turn, the board of education contacted the McDowell County sheriff’s office,” Muncy said.

The case was assigned to Detective Ron Blevins. After an investigation, Cassels was arrested in North Carolina and charged with solicitation of a minor via computer, Muncy said. Cassels was later released on bond and is now awaiting extradition to West Virginia.

Under West Virginia Code, any person over the age of 18 who knowingly uses a computer to entice, seduce, lure a minor, or attempt to do so would be guilty of a felony offense. A conviction on this charge carries a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for two to 10 years, or both.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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