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Man arrested for sexual abuse and sexual assault charges in Kanawha County, WV

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John Franklin Russell was arrested on sexual assault and sexual abuse charges in Kanawha County, WV. John Franklin Russell was arrested on sexual assault and sexual abuse charges in Kanawha County, WV.
CHARLESTON, WV - A man is in jail on sexual abuse and sexual assault charges in Kanawha County, WV.

According to a criminal complaint issued by the Kanawha County Magistrate Court, 43-year-old John Franklin Russell of South Charleston was arrested Wednesday, May 14, on the charges of four counts of first degree sexual assault, four counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, and one count of daytime burglary.

The complaint says that on October 29 of 2013, police received a complaint about a possible sexual assault of a 12-year-old male.  The victim was interviewed, in which he told police he was "raped" by Russell.  The complaint goes on to say that the victim told police that Russell was dating his mother, was living in the same residence, and that Russell sexually assaulted him more than once.

Russell was interviewed on May 14, and was initially told that he was not under arrest, however, after Russell told police that he sexually assaulted the victim four times when the victim was 5-years-old and that Russell told police he wanted to commit suicide, he was then arrested.

He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.