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Man charged with 30 counts of sex abuse

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A Putnam County man admitted to having sex with a teenage girl, telling investigators he is in love with the girl and considers her to be more of a wife than his actual spouse, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court.

Richard Allen Davis, 45, was arrested Wednesday and incarcerated on 30 counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust. He remained behind bars Thursday morning on a $250,000 bond.

The criminal complaint states the girl's mother contacted authorities claiming Davis had physically assaulted her daughter. The teenager soon discounted any allegation of physical battery, but told an officer with the Hurricane Police Department that Davis had sexually abused her for more than two years.

The investigator contacted Child Protective Services and a forensic interview followed at a Charleston-area hospital.

Davis agreed to meet with investigators, according to the criminal complaint. It charges Davis admitted to first having sex with the teenager about 40 weeks ago. Such activity continued at least once a week "as well as every other occasion they could arrange."

Davis further told investigators their relationship was one of love, not abuse, according to the complaint.

"Davis said that he is in love with the juvenile and that he misses her and wants her back in his life," the complaint states. "He says that the relationship between himself and the juvenile is one of spouses, that they did everything together and that he considered her to be more of his wife than his actual wife."

The Hurricane Police Department charged Davis with 30 counts of sexual abuse as the complaint estimates 40 weeks elapsed since Davis' first confessed encounter.

No physical battery charge was filed in the case, as the teenager told police the initial complaint simply involved Davis trying to control her from assaulting others.

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