UPDATE: More charges filed following investigation into alleged sexual assault, abuse


Thursday, October 26, 2021 6:00p.m. UPDATE: PIPESTEM, WV (WVNS) –After several victims came forward to investigators, a Summers County man is facing additional charges of sexual abuse and assault, among others.

The investigation originally began Tuesday, October 19, 2021 as state troopers received reports of sexual assault. Matthew Keaton was arrested on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, for Strangulation, Criminal Invasion of Privacy, Unlawful Restraint, Second-Degree Sexual Assault and First-Degree Sexual Abuse.

Following the arrest, state troopers say more victims came forward. Keaton was out on bond, when he was arrested Monday, October 25, 2021, on additional charges. He is now facing five counts of Strangulation, two counts of First-Degree Sexual Abuse, three counts of Second-Degree Sexual Assault, two counts of Domestic Battery, one count of Unlawful Restraint, and one count of Criminal Invasion of Privacy.

State troopers said Keaton was charged with criminal acts against six victims. Other victims have reportedly come forward as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information should contact TFC. Woods at the Hinton Detachment at (304) 466-2800.  

PIPESTEM, WV (WVNS) — A Summers County man was arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a woman and strangling her.

According to court documents obtained by 59News, Matthew Keaton was charged after investigators said they found photos and videos of him sexually abusing a woman. The evidence found by West Virginia State Police included videos of Keaton allegedly having sex with a woman while she was sedated and then choking her, according to investigators.

The criminal complaint stated troopers found nude photos of the woman, reportedly taken without her consent. Investigators said Keaton would sedate the victim with prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids and alcohol before having sex with her.

Police said they found photos of the suspect allegedly holding the eyelids of the victim open when she appeared to be sedated. The court records went on to detail the crimes, which included police finding photos of the woman naked and appearing to be unresponsive, as well as photos of the victim’s feet.

The crimes allegedly took place between February and August. The victim reportedly found the photos and videos in a hidden folder on the suspect’s phone. Police obtained a search warrant for Keaton’s home in Pipestem, WV on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, and was arrested on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Keaton was arrested again in connection with the same investigation on Monday, October 25, 2021.

He was originally charged with Strangulation, Criminal Invasion of Privacy, Second-Degree Sexual Assault and First-Degree Sexual Abuse. More felony charges are pending, according to State Police.

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