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Former deputy enters guilty plea in court

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A former Pocahontas County sheriff's deputy enters a guilty plea in court on sex charges.

Bradley C. Totten pleaded guilty to the felony crime of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, on July 12 before Judge James J. Rowe.

According to a press release from the Fayette County prosecuting attorney, Brian Parsons, who served as a special prosecutor in this case, Totten admitted to the Court he had an underage victim perform oral sex on him while he was on duty serving as a deputy sheriff for Pocahontas County in the fall of 2000.   Totten was charged with various sex crimes spanning a period from 1999 to 2010 while he was working as a deputy.   In all, 13 women made allegations against Totten.   Three Pocahontas County Grand juries returned numerous charges against Totten.

Totten is on home confinement with a GPS monitoring system.  He is awaiting sentencing which is set for Sept. 20 at 9:45 a.m. in Marlinton.   Totten could face ten to 20 years in prison, lifetime registration as a sex offender and possible long term supervision as a convicted sex offender when he is released.

The case was investigated by First Lieutenant R.J. Simon of the W.Va. State Police and Special Agent Fred Aldridge, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.