Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 24, 2013

Mercer man faces 57 counts

Man charged with sexual assault, abuse against children

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County man has been indicted on 57 counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse against children, as well as possession of child pornography.

John Spaulding, 40, of Montcalm is charged with five counts of sexual assault first degree, one count of attempt to commit a felony (sexual assault first degree), one count of sexual abuse third degree and 50 counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The two victims were ages 3 and 14, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said.

Spaulding allegedly attempted sexual intercourse and committed other sexual acts with the 3-year-old child, according to the indictment charges. He also allegedly sexually abused the 14 year old, according to the indictment.

Authorities also discovered pornographic materials portraying both minors, the indictment alleges.

The alleged offenses occurred during a time period ranging from on or about Feb. 18, 2012, to on or about July 26, 2012, according to the indictment.

Spaulding was arraigned on Monday in front of Circuit Court Judge William Sadler who set a $10,000 surety bond. Spaulding’s trail has been set for Dec. 10.