FAIRMONT — A 61-year-old Fairmont man who was charged earlier this year for coercing a woman into commercial sexual activity faces the same offense again, according to a criminal complaint.

Filed on Thursday, the complaint states George Patrick Stanton III of 6 Hollen Circle, Fairmont is charged with felony sexual servitude for a time span from on or about March 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018.

An investigation by the Fairmont Police Department found Stanton knowingly coerced an adult female into commercial sexual activity. Police said Stanton initiated contact with the woman through social media, which led to future interactions between the two.

The complaint states that Stanton received sexual activity and gratification by the use of threats and other intimidation methods directed at the victim.

“There were times that the victim was at Mr. Stanton’s house and he would not let her leave,” the complaint states. “He portrayed himself as an attorney with the ability to effect certain outcomes in her cases. When the victim wouldn’t comply with his demands, he would threaten to contact the authorities.”

Police said that after the investigation began, Stanton had additional contact with the victim. According to the complaint, police built their case based on victim statements and the officer’s investigation.

Court records showed Stanton’s bail was set at $30,012. There was no record of Stanton in the online records of West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority Thursday evening.

In the criminal complaint from earlier this year, Stanton was also charged with felony sexual servitude. Court records show he waived his preliminary hearing in Marion County Magistrate Court in this case Jan. 29, and his case was transferred to circuit court Jan. 30.

The complaint states that Stanton “did knowingly coerce” an adult female into commercial sexual activity between a date of on or about Jan. 1, 2020 until Jan. 23, 2020.

Stanton “has received sexual activity and gratification by utilization of threats and other intimidation methods from the victim,” the complaint states.

According to the court papers, Stanton initiated contact with the woman while she was incarcerated, “which led to future interactions between the two.”

The complaint states that a search warrant was executed at Stanton’s residence on Jan. 23, where police seized hundreds of developed photographs. According to the court papers, the photographs contained nude images of various women, including the victim, and “were used as bribery to coerce the victim to perform sexual acts.”

The complaint states that after the initiation of an investigation, Stanton had additional contact with the victim, and “used threat of legal process towards the victim so that she would lie about the allegations.”

Police said the facts were obtained from statements and digital communication evidence.

Court records show Stanton’s bail was set at $75,012 in that case, which was posted.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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