By Lyra Bordelon
A 24-year-old White Sulphur Springs man was charged with sexual assault in the first degree after a witness reported seeing him sexually engage with a nine-year-old. William Carl Muth was arrested on May 4, 2021, for the alleged act by law enforcement.
Patrolman Joshuah Stevens and Patrolman J.W. Justice of the White Sulphur Springs Police Department were dispatched to Crescent Avenue after the department was informed of a potential sexual assault.
According to the criminal complaint, a witness saw Muth with a nine-year-old victim. The child’s pants were down and the child later stated to the witness, then again to officers, that Muth had raped them. The child was taken to Greenbrier Valley Medical Emergency Room for a medical evalutation and rape kit, and a foreinsic interview with the Child and Youth Advocay Center is expected.
Stevens then took a recorded statement from Muth. Muth allegedly stated he was attracted to the child and had engaged in sexual behavior with the child previously.
Muth was taken to the Southern Regional Jail and charged with sexual assault in the first degree. As of Tuesday, May 11, he is still incarcerated. If convicted, Muth faces a 25 to 100 year sentence in a state correctional facility and a fine of not less than $5,000 or not more than $25,000.