BECKLEY - An Eccles man was arrested
after an ongoing investigation of child sexual abuse.
James Patton, 46, is being charged as
a sex offender after one of his alleged victims came forward with information
Patton is accused of being in
possession of child pornography and having sexual encounters with minors. He is
charged with sending,
distributing, exhibiting, possessing, displaying or transporting material by a
parent, guardian or custodian, depicting a child engaged in sexually explicit
Patton's abuse of children has been
going on for several years, according to Beckley State Police Officers.
Authorities had their suspicions before but no hard evidence.
Officers said Patton once had a job in
Oak Hill where he dealt with the general public, so they are looking for any
other victims to come forward. Patton is in Southern Regional Jail on $250,000