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Salem Corrections officer charged with incest, sexual abuse

Derek Towner is facing charges of sexual abuse, sexual assault and incest.
Derek Towner is facing charges of sexual abuse, sexual assault and incest.((West Union Police Department/WDTV))
Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 12:06 PM EDT
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WEST UNION, W.Va (WDTV) - A Salem Corrections officer is facing incest, sexual abuse and sexual assault charges after police say he sexually assaulted a family member.

Derek Towner, 35, of West Union, has been charged with five counts of third degree sexual assault, five counts of sexual abuse parent or guardian and five counts of incest.

The West Union Police Department said in a Facebook post that on June 20, 2020, officers were contacted by a female about a possible sexual assault. The female told police the victim was a family member of Towner.

On Saturday the 20th day of June 2020, Officer Garner of the West Union Police Department, was contacted by a female...

Posted by West Union Police Department on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Officers interviewed Towner on June 22.

Towner told officers that the allegations were true. He admitted to five separate incidents over a three day period.

Towner is being held at North Central Regional Jail on $75,000 bond.

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