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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 2/5/2020 10:00 a.m. UPDATE: A local counselor pleaded not guilty to first degree sexual abuse.

Hamlet Smith made the plea at his arraignment on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. He will stay out on his current bond.

The director of Life Strategies Counseling was arrested after allegedly abusing the victim, who was not a apatient, at his office.

Smith’s next court appearance is set for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at 9 a.m.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 1/23/2020 2:30 p.m. UPDATE: Director of Life Strategies Counseling, Hamlet Smith, was indicted for First Degree Sexual Abuse.

Smith was arrested in October 2019 for sexually abusing the victim while at his office. The victim was not a patient.

Smith will be arraigned in front of Judge Darl Poling on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: Director of Life Strategies Counseling, Hamlet Smith, was arrested on sexual abuse charges.

Beckley Police arrested Smith on Monday, October 28, 2019. He is charged with first degree sexual abuse.

The charges stem from an investigation into an incident that happened at Life Strategies Counseling on October 22, 2019. Smith had a meeting with the female victim who was not a patient. Court documents state Smith touched the victim inappropriately.

Smith’s bond was set at $10,000. He made bail Monday night.

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