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Man Arrested for Exchanging Texts Pertaining to Sexually Abusing Children

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A man has been arrested after inappropriate messages were exchanged over a cell phone pertaining to sexually abusing children.

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, on November 30, 2017, deputies received a complaint regarding inappropriate messages being exchanged over a cell phone.

The inappropriate messages were pertaining to sexually abusing children.

A suspect participating in the messages was identified as Michael Ray Moles Jr, 41, from the Campbells Creek area of Kanawha County.
 
As a result of this complaint, Detectives of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office interviewed potential victims and witnesses and were able to identify a 6-year-old victim.

Criminal charges were then obtained on Mr. Moles, charging him with 1 count of sexual assault of a minor, 1 count of sexual abuse of a minor, and 1 count of sexual abuse of a minor by a custodian/guardian. 

Moles Jr. was arrested by members of the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation at his place of employment in Campbells Creek.

Moles Jr. was arraigned before a Kanawha County Magistrate and was unable to post the $50,000.00 cash only bond.   Mr. Moles was transported to the South Central Regional Jail.  
 
This investigation is continuing and further charges may follow.  Should anyone have any information pertaining to this case they are asked to contact Detective S.D. Ferrell at 304-357-0089, or submit a tip on our website at www.kanawhasheriff.us or through email at tips@kanawhasheriff.us.


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