Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 1, 2014

'Warlock’ waives preliminary time limit

PRINCETON — An investigation is continuing in the case of a Mercer County man who police say used the promise to magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

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

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

Irvin remains incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Attorneys Bill Huffman and Natasha Hager were representing him.

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.

 One of the victims was scheduled to testify at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, Adams said.

 The alleged abuse began in January 2007, according to Adams’s arrest report. Irvin was then a practicing Pagan and Wiccan religion follower. Irvin allegedly told victims that they had to perform sexual acts with him as “magic” to make their mother feel better. Another victim stated that Irvin told her that he could perform magic to make her recently deceased father come back.

Irvin’s ex-wife, who now resides in Texas, stated that Irvin had sexually abused her teenage daughter 20 years ago. She alleged that Irvin fled to West Virginia after an investigation began, according to the arrest report.

No additional victims in West Virginia have come forward, said Adams, who added people who think their children may have been sexually abused in the past should contact him at the Bluefield Police Department.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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