Rape suspect has preliminary hearing in Beckley


 The victim of a rape comes forward nearly five years after she says she was attacked.  The suspect in that rape investigation is now facing charges of Second Degree Sexual Assault.  Erique Spencer Harris, 22, had a preliminary hearing scheduled on Friday, April 10, 2015.

The victim came forward on March 23, 2015 about an incident that happened at a home in Beckley in Sept. 2010.  The girl was 12-years-old at the time.  According to the criminal complaint, she identified Harris as her attacker.  He was 18 when the incident happened and is now 22-years-old.  

In the complaint, the victim said that she ordered her attacker to stop covering her mouth and ripping her clothes off.  She apparently became pregnant as a result of the rape.  The Raleigh County Family Court system ordered a paternity test, which shows Harris is the father of the child.

The Investigating Officer said that right now he’s in the process of finding out when and if the incident was reported 5 years ago and if so where does the investigation stand.

Harris waived his right to a preliminary hearing.  He is currently being held in the State Penitentiary in Mount Olive on sex assault charges out of Kanawha County.  He was sentenced on those charges in 2013.

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