Two Men Cleared Of Sexual Abuse Charges
Charges of a sexual nature against two Wetzel County men were dismissed in Wetzel County Circuit Court March 19.
Ryan Vown Isaacs, 27, of 65 Orchard Drive, New Martinsville, and Brian Keith Highley, 54, of RR 2. Box 175, New Martinsville, were freed of accusations by orders signed by Judge Mark A. Karl. “This day came the State of West Virginia by Timothy E. Haught, Prosecuting Attorney for Wetzel County, who moved this Honorable Court for an order dismissing this case, with prejudice,” read each order.
Isaacs’ order further reads that Cases No. 12-F-97 and 12-F-98 are dismissed, with prejudice; also, the cases were removed from the docket of the court, and the hearing scheduled for March 22, 10 a.m., was vacated. Isaacs was also removed from his further bond.
From the September 2012 grand jury, Isaacs had received two indictments charging him with sexual related offenses. The first indictment includes two counts each of sexual abuse in the first degree and sexual abuse by a custodian, each set occurring at a separate time than the other. The charges allege that Isaacs subjected a child who was supposed to be under his care to sexual contact.
Isaacs’ second indictment charges him with two counts each of sexual assault in the first degree, incest, and sexual abuse by a custodian. Each set occurred at different times.
Highley’s order reads that Cases No. 12-F-79 and 12-F-80 are dismissed, with prejudice. These cases are removed from the docket and, likewise, the hearing scheduled for March 22 was vacated. According to the order, Highley was released from his former bond in those cases.
From the September 2012 grand jury, Highley received two separate indictments, each with two charges of sexual assault in the first degree, two charges of incest, and two charges of sexual abuse by a custodian.
Counts one and four of the first indictment charge Highley with sexual assault in the first degree.
Count one states that between July 10, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011, Highley committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the first degree in that he engaged in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with a person who was younger than 12 years. Count four states that the felony offense occurred between Nov. 18, 2011, and May 3, 2012.
Counts two and five charge Highley with incest. Count two allegedly occurred between July 10, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. Count five allegedly occurred between Nov. 18, 2011, and May 3, 2012.
Counts three and six charge Highley with sexual abuse by a custodian in that he engaged in or attempted to engage in sexual contact with a child under his care. Count three allegedly occurred between July 10, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. Count six allegedly occurred between Nov. 18, 2011, and May 3, 2012.