Last updated: July 17. 2013 3:32PM - 260 Views
Fred Pace
Heartland News Service

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Rachel Dove-Baldwin

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WILLIAMSON - A Varney resident could soon be out of jail and on home confinement if he is successful in meeting stipulations surrounding a change in the type of bond now set for him after an agreement was made between his attorney and an assistant prosecutor, in which the defendant agreed to waive his right to a trial in Magistrate Court and opted to have his case presented to the Mingo County Grand Jury.

Robert R. Hager, 39, was arrested on five felony charges of sexual abuse in August of this year by West Virginia State Police Corporal J.D. Hensley and Trooper J.D. Matheny, after an investigation was conducted stemming from allegations that the defendant had inappropriate sexual contact with a six-year old female relative between the dates of May 2011 and June 2012. He is said to have admitted to committing the acts of crime against the child on at least 5 separate occasions.

Hager is currently incarcerated in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a$50,000 full-cash bond set by Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler. The bond against the defendant remains the same in amount after the agreement was struck on his behalf, but has now been changed to a surety (property) bond instead of full-cash.

If Hager is successful in having property valued at $50,000 plus posted on his behalf, stipulations of the release state he is to have absolutely no contact, in any form or fashion, with the juvenile victim.

If convicted of the charges of sexual abuse brought against him, Hager faces a possible prison sentence of 10 to 20 years in a state correctional facility and up to $5,000 in fines.

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