WDTV — West Virginia State Police say five people are facing charges following allegations a 7-year-old girl was filmed while being sexually assaulted.
A state police statement and a criminal complaint in Braxton County reported that the investigation began in July.
A trooper received information, including video, which allegedly showed year-old Zachary Bailey, who was from Gassaway, sexually assaulting a young girl. When interviewed, Bailey told troopers he had at least five encounters with the 7-year-old girl and that Joshua and Jessica Whitesel requested he record the incidents on video.
Virhinia was charged with five counts of sexual assault in the first degree, five counts of attempted sexual abuse by parent, guardian, custodian and five counts of filming a minor in sexually explicit conduct.
State Police interviewed both Joshua and Jessica.
Joshua allegedly admitted his voice was in the videos. During her interview, troopers say Jessica told them Joshua's brother, Wesf 'JD' Whitesel and his wife, Kimberly 'Dawn' Whitesel, made a copy of the videos using their work computers and that 'JD' kept them stored on a thumb drive, which he carried on a lanyard around his neck.
Kimberly and Jonathan were then subsequently interviewed by police. During the interviews, troopers say both " Joshua has been charged with two counts of use of minors in child pornography, 30 counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of gross neglect of a child creating substantial risk of death or serious bodily Women want sex Fairplay and one count of conspiracy.
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Warrants issued for Gaesaway Whitesel include 30 counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of conspiracy.
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