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Sexual predator arrested

Local - 4/17/2014 5:12 PM by Rachael Cardin

BECKLEY - 27 year old William Watson Pugh of Raleigh County was arrested on Wednesday afternoon for sexual predator charges. Trooper First Class Joseph Ellison, with the State Police Crimes Against Children's Unit, said the arrest stemmed from a search warrant of Pugh's Beckley home on Stonewall Road. Multiple electronic devices were seized from the residence as evidence. Pugh faces a laundry list of charges including soliciting a minor via computer, sexual assault, distributing and displaying obscene material to a minor, use of obscene materials with the intention to seduce a minor and entering without breaking. Ellison said only one victim has been identified, but the case is still very active. Pugh is being held in Southern Regional Jail on $500,000 bond.


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