PRINCETON – A Mercer County man is facing charges including first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust by allegedly abusing two female juveniles that were in his care.

Justin Cox, 31, of Princeton has been charged with first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust, according to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper A.S. Reed of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment.

Cox touched the privates to two female juveniles at different times and in difference residences where they resided, Reed said in the report.

The investigation began May 19 when Reed received the complaint from Sgt. D. Miller, who had received a call from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office advising that forensic interviews were about to be conducted with the two victims, Reed said. Miller had taken the initial complaint and requested that Reed attend these interviews.

Reed met with the forensic interviewers at Mercer County Child Protect.

The first victim said that Cox came into her bedroom and began rubbing her privates with his hand, and stated that he told her not to tell anyone, that his would be “their little secret.” The first victim said this happened multiple times for about four years. She also described “numerous instances in which the accused” would reveal his privates and make her touch them.

Reed said the first victim also stated that “the accused had a tracking device on his cellphone and was alerted” when her mother was almost home.

The second victim also said that Cox had touched her privates “numerous times and at various residences,” Reed said in the report.

Cox is being held at the Southern Regional Jail on a $60,000 cash or surety bond.

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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