Fayette County woman pleads guilty to sex trafficking a minor
A woman from Fayette County pleaded guilty Sept. 15 to an offense related to sex trafficking a 17-year-old minor female.
Kristen Naylor-Legg, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor under the age of 18.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on two separate occasions in June 2020, Naylor-Legg entered into an agreement with her co-defendant, Larry Allen Clay Jr., to provide him with her 17-year-old minor female relative and Clay would pay Naylor-Legg to engage in sexual intercourse with the minor.
At the time, Clay was an employee of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Chief of Police for the Gauley Bridge Police Department.
Naylor-Legg admitted that on the first occasion she was paid $100 by Clay. On the second occasion, Naylor-Legg indicated that Clay had agreed to pay her $50 in exchange for sexual intercourse with the minor but ultimately did not give her the money.
Naylor-Legg faces up to life in prison when she is sentenced on December 9. She will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Clay is charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor via coercion and sex trafficking of a minor via coercion. Clay’s trial is set for Nov. 9.
Trial date set for those charged in child’s death
Three defendants who were arrested in 2018 for the death of an 8-year-old Oak Hill girl will go to trial Oct. 22 before Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Paul Blake.
Marty Browning Jr. and Julie Titchenell Browning of Hilltop and Sherie Titchenell were arrested in December 2019, all on one charge each of death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian. Each was also charged with abuse and neglect of a child resulting in death. Both are felonies.
All are being tried together.
Each defendant is accused of torturing and causing the death of Marty's daughter, 8-year-old Raylee Browning, who died at Plateau Medical Center on Dec. 26, 2018, of rare complications caused by untreated pneumonia. Her body was covered in bruises and scratches, and PMC medical workers reported the girl had a torn rectum.
Raylee was under the care of Child Protective Services (CPS) when she died.
Raylee's mother, Janice Wriston, alleged that she had made reports that Raylee was being sexually and physically abused at Marty's house to CPS, Fayette Family Court and West Virginia State Police but that the state forced her to return Raylee to her father, despite the girl's reported objections.
Fayette officials have reported that the criminal investigation was initially stalled by West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), which allegedly refused to quickly provide records to police and, later, allegedly provided only partial records.
Fayetteville attorney Anthony Salvatore has since filed a civil case on Wriston's behalf against WVDHHR, alleging that CPS workers lied on official documents to cover the agency's negligence after Raylee died and that the agency later hid and destroyed records related to the case.
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Raleigh County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parsons is serving as special prosecutor and will present the state's case at trial.
Parsons is the third prosecutor on the case, which has been complicated by WVDHHR reportedly refusing to cooperate with the police investigation, alleged falsification of official DHHR records, a refusal by Facebook in June 2019 to honor a Fayette magistrate's order for potential evidence, widespread public interest in Raylee's death, extensive media coverage and a longer-than-average wait between the arrest of the defendants and their indictments by grand jurors.
Initially, former Fayette Prosecuting Assistant Attorney Liz Campbell was to try the three defendants.
Campbell resigned shortly after current Fayette Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Ciliberti began to serve in January 2021.
Ciliberti recused himself from the case immediately, citing a conflict of interest. His wife, Carrie Ciliberti, was Raylee's elementary school teacher and is expected to be called as a witness in the case.
Parsons, a former Fayette assistant prosecuting attorney, was appointed special prosecutor on Jan. 8.
Fayette man enters guilty plea
A Fayette County man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Sept. 21 to attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.
Christopher Lee Foster, 36, of Oak Hill, was charged via indictment in June.
According to the plea agreement, Foster admitted that in early March of this year he initiated contact with a person via a messaging application.
Believing this person to be a 13-year-old girl from New Jersey, Foster engaged in conversations over the next two months wherein he told the minor he wanted to meet her to engage in sexual activity.
After learning that the girl was sexually inexperienced, Foster sent her pictures of his penis as well as numerous images and videos of pornography to teach her about sex.
He also repeatedly pressured the minor to send him sexually explicit photographs of herself, even offering to pay her for such images.
Foster further admitted that in approximately 2015 and 2016 he produced sexually explicit images of a different minor. If the plea agreement is accepted by the Court, Foster will be sentenced to between almost 20 years and 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 5.
Foster will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Hico man charged after domestic incident
Several charges were filed against a Hico man following a weekend domestic incident.
According to Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley, Fayette County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched this past weekend to a domestic situation in the Hico area. A man had allegedly gained entry into a home in the early morning hours, according to a FCSD press release. He then allegedly attacked a woman outside in the driveway after she attempted to avoid him.
When deputies arrived, the man retreated into the home, and he was later found hiding in a laundry room cabinet. The man was combative and struck a deputy in the face, authorities said.
Justin Holiday, 39, of Hico, was charged with domestic battery, entering without breaking, obstructing an officer and battery on an officer. He also had an active capias through Fayette County for domestic battery. He awaits court proceedings.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the FCSD at 304-574-3590 or through the Facebook page "Fayette County Sheriff's Department." Individuals can also call Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP.
The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff's department.
Two arrested, two more sought in Fayette burglary
Two Fayette County people have been charged in relation to a Sept. 20 burglary incident, and two more individuals are being sought.
Fayette County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a burglary incident in the Oak Hill area on Sept. 20, according to a press release from Sheriff Mike Fridley. The complainant told officers she had left the residence and observed two people walking toward her home and noticed two other individuals standing nearby. She turned around to check on the home. At that time, the release noted, the people standing nearby yelled to the others to alert them.
The homeowner found her door breached and saw the first two subjects run out of the back door with her safe. The victim's home security footage corroborated her story.
Warrants were subsequently issued for all four subjects, the release noted.
Terri Lynn Lawhorn and Carol Shawndale Kirby were both apprehended and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. They now await court proceedings.
The other two subjects, Maurice Johnson and Harold Blake, were at large on Sunday.
Those having any information regarding the incident, which remains under investigation by the FCSD, are urged to contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Department at 304-574-3590 or via Facebook at "Fayette County Sheriff's Department," or call Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP.
FCSD report announced for August
Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley has released the August report for activities of members of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.
911 incident information
Burglary complaints: 14
Domestic disturbances: 17
General disturbances: 35
Fraud complaints: 7
Theft complaints: 42
Health and welfare checks: 100
Suspicious persons/circumstances: 37
Alarm activation investigations: 49
Total related 911 incidents: 893
Civil document process information
Total civil documents process served: 270
Total persons booked/arrested by deputy sheriffs: 38
Accidents investigated involving injuries: 28
Minor accidents investigated: 34
Total traffic citations issued: 29
Concealed weapons permits
Total applications: 127