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Preliminary hearing set for man accused of groping girls at Kohl's

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© Henry Duncan, 35, was arrested on 3 counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse (Forcible Compulsion). © Henry Duncan, 35, was arrested on 3 counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse (Forcible Compulsion).


Detectives with the Beckley Police Department say the mother of two of the victims reportedly groped, while shopping at Kohl's last Monday has reviewed surveillance video.  Police are trying to see if there are more victims in this case and that is why they are asking the victims' mothers to review the video.

This frightening incident changes what the holiday season means for the young girls.

"My girls are doing pretty well.  They're doing pretty well, but it just puts a damper on the holiday," said the mother of two of the girls, who says her daughters were victimized.

The mother of another reported victim is expected to speak to police on Thursday.

Police want to know if there are more victims out there.

That is why they are having the victims' mothers review the surveillance video, to see if there are more incidents in question.

Duncan has a preliminary hearing set for Friday.  He's being held on $250,000 bond.




An arrest was made in an investigation into a case of sexual abuse that happened at the Kohl's in Beckley.  Henry Timberlake Duncan, 35, is charged with three counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse (Forcible Compulsion).  Duncan allegedly grabbed the bottoms of three juvenile girls while they were shopping at Kohl's.

(Click Here to read the criminal complaint)

According to the criminal complaint, store employees tried to stop the suspect, but he ran off.  Duncan was identified from surveillance video by police officers and tips from the public. Duncan turned himself into police on Thursday morning.


Beckley Police are investigating reports of a man who was inappropriately touching juveniles at Kohl's. 


According to investigators the suspect was touching juvenile girls at the Kohl's at the Cranberry Creek Shopping Center.  The incident happened on Monday, Dec. 16.  Detectives are going over the surveillance video to try and identify the suspect.

We spoke with the mother of two of the girls.

She said the first time it happened, they were walking down the aisle and the man brushed up against her daughter while walking past and grabbed her rear-end.

Then, as they were approaching the check out counter she says the man walked past her other daughter and did it to her.

"I was scared to death... I just couldn't believe someone would do that in broad daylight especially with me right there," she said.

She told us the incident was shocking to all of them, but it took quite a toll on her younger daughter.

"They were very scared, my 16-year-old daughter was in shock and my 13-year-old she got really panicky she had a panic attack and wanted to leave the store immediately," she said.

The mother said she saw the man run behind the building and towards the apartments in the back.  Police say one other girl came forward about the incident too, and they believe there could be even more victims.

"I'm just terrified that someone would do that in broad daylight it makes me wonder what someone would do when no one is around," said the mother.

     The mother says she hopes someone can identify this man soon so no other girls become victims.


If you have any information on this story contact the Beckley Police Department at 304-256-1708.