HUNTINGTON - A former Huntington High School wrestler accused of sexually abusing a girl could enter a plea next week.

Zane Richard Lanham, 18, is currently charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and battery related to a November 2018 alleged incident.

The indictment filed Jan. 31 states Lanham intentionally forced sexual contact with a 17-year-old female without her consent by touching her genitals through her clothing Nov. 9 while in the 1300 block of 12th Street in Huntington.

Assistant prosecutor Kellie Neal said the sides had tentatively reached an agreement in the case, but an issue had arisen and she needed to speak to the victim before the case moved forward. Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred E. Ferguson set a return date of June 11 at 9 a.m. to give prosecutors time to do so.

Ferguson told defense attorney Richard Weston the date could turn into a plea hearing if the defendant wanted to do so. The details of the plea offer have not been disclosed.

Lanham, a senior during the 2018-19 school year, was a two-time state wrestling champion during his high school career.


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