Beckley man pleads guilty to sexual assault


UPDATE: Joshua Belcher pleaded guilty in court on March 3, 2016 to third degree sexual assault and attempt to commit a felony. Belcher will be sentenced on May 5, 2016. He remains in jail.

ORIGINAL: A young boy’s grandmother witnesses a case of sexual assault and reported it to police.  Joshua Nelson Belcher, 26 of Beckley was arrested on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  He is charged with First Degree Sexual Assault.  He had his preliminary hearing on Friday, Aug. 1 in front of Magistrate Tomi Peck.

According to the criminal complaint, Belcher was caught performing oral sex on a 12-year-old boy.  The incident happened on July 16 and was allegedly witnessed by the boys grandmother. Belcher is being held in the Southern Regional Jail.  His bond is set at $250,000.

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