Man Waives Hearing in Sexual Assault Case

CLEARFIELD – A 44-year-old Lebanon, MO man who has been accused of sexually assaulting a young girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing during Centralized Court Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail.

William James West, 44, of Lebanon, MO, is facing charges of statutory sexual assault; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; aggravated indecent assault; photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; corruption of minors; and indecent assault/person less than 16 years of age. His bail has been set at $250,000 monetary.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim arrived at the Clearfield-based state police barracks on April 14 at which time she reported the alleged sexual assault. She alleged that West had been having sex with her for several years, beginning when she was 11 years old at a private residence in Woodland.

In her written statement, the victim alleged West had oral, anal and vaginal intercourse with her. In addition, she alleged the defendant made her inappropriately touch him when she was 11 years old. She stated the alleged incidences occurred at the residence, in a truck and in other states to which she traveled with him.

The victim alleged that West bought her lingerie, a dildo, handcuffs and a lover’s massage book and made her watch porn with him. She also alleged that West made her read pornographic stories to him.

“He told me if I ever told, he would deny it and nobody would believe me,” said the victim, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

On Sept. 27, West was interviewed by state police; after the initial interview, he admitted to engaging in vaginal sexual intercourse with the victim on four, separate occasions within the residence. He admitted to receiving oral sex from the victim at the residence.

West acknowledged that the victim was 14 years old at the time of the sexual intercourse.

He further admitted to photographing the victim while she performed oral sex on him and posing in sexual positions.

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