UPDATE: Former police chief, firefighter charged with sexual abuse

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UPDATE: July 18, 6:30 p.m.

SUMMERS COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — Disturbing allegations against a former law enforcement officer are playing out in court. The ex-police chief and former firefighter is accused of sex crimes.

Thomas Ray Peal is facing charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse. 

Summers County prosecuting attorney, Kristen Cook, tells 59 News Peal was indicted on four felony counts.

“Two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, one count of incest and one count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian,” said Cook.

A Summers County grand jury handed down Peal’s indictment on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Peal was the Chief of Police at the Mount Hope Police Department for nearly a decade before leaving the department in 2015. He was also a firefighter at the Beckley Fire Department.

Court documents state Peal had sexual intercourse with a teenager.

“The investigation began this year and it is for instances that came up during November of 2017,” Cook said.

The indictment states the alleged abuse took place in Summers County during that time. Cook said Peal is expected to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on July 22, 2019 at 9 a.m.


ORIGINAL: July 18, 2019 11:35 a.m.

SUMMERS COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — A former police chief and firefighter is facing charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Thomas Ray Peal was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Peal is a former Police Chief at Mount Hope Police Department and was also a firefighter at the Beckley Fire Department.

Court documents state Peal had sexual intercourse with a teenager. He is charged with sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Stay with 59 News on this developing story.

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