Former deputy, former assistant prosecutor indicted for sex crimes
A former deputy sheriff and a former assistant prosecuting attorney were indicted Tuesday morning by the Pocahontas County Grand Jury.
Bradley C. Totten, who was indicted in April on a dozen similar charges, was indicted for 21 counts of sexual assault in the third degree, 21 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, one count of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts sexual abuse in the first degree, one count sexual assault in the second degree and one count sexual intercourse with an incarcerated person by a person working as a deputy sheriff.
The charges rely on testimony from three women, two of them younger than 16 at the time of the alleged crimes, and the alleged offenses occurred between 1992-1994, and in 2005 and 2009. The new charges are in addition to the dozen charges the grand jury handed up in April.
Totten left the sheriff’s department last fall, and was placed on administrative leave prior to that when Sheriff David Jonese was made aware of the investigation into Totten’s alleged actions. He was also a dispatcher for 9-1-1 before he was a deputy sheriff.
The presentment to the Grand Jury was made by Brian Parsons, an assistant prosecuting attorney from Fayette County.
Parsons also presented charges against former Assistant Pocahontas County Prosecuting Attorney Jarrell Lee Clifton, II, who was indicted for two counts sexual assault in the second degree and two counts of imposition of sexual intercourse on an incarcerated person. The acts are alleged to have occurred in May and June, 2010. Clifton was also at the time a candidate for Pocahontas County Commission.
He left the prosecuting attorney’s office at the end of 2010, and has been in private practice since then.
The charges rely on testimony from one woman, whose age was not given.
Totten is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in front of Judge James Rowe. Clifton will be arraigned Thursday morning in front of Judge Joseph Pomponio.
Pocahontas County Prosecuting Attorney Donna Price presented the following cases for which indictments were returned:
Shauna R. Spence, grand larceny, conspiracy
Justin L. Faudree, grand larceny, conspiracy
Daniel Hernandez, transporting stolen property into state, driving with no operator’s, a misdemeanor, failure to yield at an intersection, a misdemeanor
Timothy L. Keene, failure to register as a sex offender
Wanda L. Harris, four counts delivery of a controlled substance
Selina Goode, delivery of a controlled substance
Charles E. Ellison, two counts burglary, three counts grand larceny, conspiracy, breaking and entering
John A. Shinaberry, grand larceny
Danny Lambert, child abuse resulting in injury
Randall Bibb, sexual abuse in the first degree
No ages or addresses were available for the defendants on Tuesday.
Indictments are not proof of guilt, but are instead accusations. All defendants are innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Arraignments will be held Thursday and Friday.