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January 31, 2013

Additional charges of sexual assault issued

FAIRMONT — Following months of investigation, the Fairmont Police Department has issued five additional charges of sexual assault in the second degree in a case opened last year.

Matthew Monroe Cottingham, 27, currently housed at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, was first arrested in late July by Fairmont police. According to criminal complaints, he forcibly had sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl.

The girl allegedly told her mother the next day, and statements by the victim and physical evidence observed at Fairmont General Hospital were reportedly consistent with the allegations.

Cottingham was arrested and his bail was set at $500,000 cash only. He was indicted on Oct. 10, 2012.

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