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Former sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to sex charges

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Fifteen years of sex abuse charges against one man and involving dozens of female victims is coming to light in Pocahontas County.

Brad Totten showed up for his arraignment Friday in Pocahontas County Circuit Court.

All seven charges were read before him and his response to every one.... Not guilty.

Marlinton resident David Cain said, "I didn't believe it was true because I've known him for many years and I thought he was a nice guy."

41-year-old Totten of Hillsboro is charged with 2 counts of sexual assault on a minor, 3 counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, and also 2 counts of sexual intercourse with an incarcerated person.

But that's not even the worst of it.

Totten was first charged with sex abuse crimes in August of 2012.

A grand jury handed down 47 counts of different types of sex crimes, most of them including minors.

People in Pocohontas County tell 59 News they cannot believe Totten is not behind bars.

Cain said, "It's just totally ridiculous to me that he is still on home confinement and not in jail I know a lot of people that have done lesser crimes and are in jail."

The April indictment said Totten's crimes, including oral sex and intercourse, date from 1995 to 2010 while he was employed by the Sheriff's department.

People in Pocohontas County tell 59 News they don't believe Totten acted alone all those years but they are happy to see the charges finally coming out.

Cain said, "It makes me feel good that it's coming out and people are actually turning them in and things are being done."

Totten will be back in Pocahontas County Circuit Court on July 12th for a pretrial.