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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Kidnapping report leads to an arrest for sexual assault

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  • RAVENSWOOD - A man was arrested after Ravenswood Police were alerted about an alleged kidnapping on Thursday, January 9. Officer J.B. Thompson assisted Lt. H.M. Parsons with the investigation, which subsequently led to the arrest of Curtis Carper for sexual assault.
    Thompson came in contact with the female victim who alleged that Carper had kidnapped her. In her statement, the victim told Thompson that Carper had also sexually assaulted her.
    According to the complaint, while in the victim's home on January 6, Carper became angry with the victim and followed her from room to room. The complaint stated that Carper then allegedly grabbed the victim by her shoulders and pushed her onto the bed, forcefully removed her clothing and proceeded to rape her.
    During the attack, the accused hit the victim in the back of the head, called her a derogatory name and covered her face with his arms because he knew she did not like her face covered.
    The victim told Thompson that it was definitely not a case of consensual relations and that she pleaded for Carper to stop. The victim further stated that she tried to fight back in order to free herself from her attacker.
    In addition to the rape Carper, allegedly stood in the doorway of the home and would not let the victim leave. He also denied her request for something to drink. The victim stated that it was not the only time that Carper had behaved in this manner.
    Carper was placed under arrest and was read his Miranda Rights. The defendant stated that he did not wish to speak without a lawyer.
    Detective M.E. Cullen of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department assisted Thompson in the interviewing process. Carper was processed for incarceration at the Ravenswood Police Department and was transported to South Central Regional Jail by Thompson. He was charged with sexual assault in the 2nd degree.
    It is a felony with a possible sentence of 10 to 25 years or $1,000 to $10,000 and 10 to 25 years in prison
    Magistrate Tom Reynolds set bond for Carper at $150,000.

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