The Times West Virginian

November 9, 2013

Three charged with sexual assault or abuse

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Three Marion County men have been arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies and charged with sexual abuse or assault, all felonies.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the Marion County Magistrate Court, Ronald Cedeno-Munoz, 41, of 113 Huskie Drive, Fairmont, was arrested Nov. 7 on sexual abuse by a guardian for alleged improper relations with a 13-year-old female relative.

The teen told Deputy Jeannette Williamson she had been sexually assaulted by the defendant on July 1, 2013. She said he came into her room and made improper advances to her and would not stop when she told him to.

He “begged her not to tell anyone” and, the complaint stated, tried to bribe her to not tell. This was not the first time he had touched her, the teen said, but she was afraid to tell because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.

Joshua Michael Mays, 22, and Richard Eugene Wells III, 21, were arrested Nov. 6 by sheriff’s deputies and charged with third-degree sexual assault of the same 16-year-old female.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the Marion County Magistrate Court, the teen told Williamson and a CPS worker that she had been having physical relations with Wells since she was 15 and with Mays since she was 14.  She said her father was aware of the situation and “may have been involved.”

Fairmont City Police have released the name of the woman injured in a hit-and-run accident that took place on East Park Avenue late Halloween night.

According to the criminal complaint filed at the Marion County Magistrate Court, Michelle Zubrod was crossing the 500 block of East Park Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Oct. 31 when she was struck by a vehicle, “causing serious injuries.”

According to the complaint, the driver, Robert James Hawkins, fled the scene, leaving her lying on the street in the west-bound lane of the road.

She was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital and was in stable condition.

Hawkins called the Marion County 911 Center on Nov. 2, wishing to speak to an officer about the incident. He admitted he was the driver and took the investigating officer to his vehicle, a 2004 white Chevrolet Trailblazer, which had damage consistent with striking a person and also matched up to vehicle parts left on the scene from the crash.

Hawkins was charged with failure to notify police and leaving the scene with injury, both misdemeanors.

Email Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.