The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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January 19, 2009

Fayette grand jury indictments announced

A Prince man accused of sexually abusing and assaulting a stepdaughter numerous times over an eight-year period was among those indicted this week by a Fayette County grand jury. The circuit clerk’s office said 42 indictments were returned.

Clayton E. Carroll, 55, actually faces two separate indictments. In one, he is charged with 50 counts of third-degree sexual assault and 37 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

According to Prosecutor Carl Harris, the allegations all involve one victim — a stepdaughter who was 8 years old when Carroll allegedly began his abuse in June 1986. The alleged misdeeds came to an end in August 1994, Harris added.

The other indictment involved a victim unrelated to Carroll, Harris said. That purported crime occurred last July 1 and entails one count each of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sexual abuse and indecent exposure.



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The following individuals are to report at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, before Judge John Hatcher in the courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse for arraignment.

-- Clayton E. Carroll, sexual abuse in the first degree; attempted sexual abuse in the first degree; indecent exposure.

-- Clayton E. Carroll, sexual assault in the third degree (50 counts); sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian (37 counts).

-- Gary Critchley, fraudulent claim to insurance company.

-- Gary Critchley, fraudulent claim to insurance company (two counts).

-- Gary Critchley, conspiracy to commit a felony; obtaining money by false pretenses.

-- David Edwards, conspiracy to commit a felony; obtaining money

by false pretenses.

-- Melissa Dawn Edwards, conspiracy to commit a felony; obtaining money by false pretenses.

-- Gary Critchley, conspiracy to commit a felony; fraudulent claim to insurance company (two counts).

-- Brian A. Keeney, conspiracy to commit a felony; fraudulent claim to insurance company.

-- Gary Critchley, conspiracy to commit a felony; obtaining money by false pretenses.

-- Lonnie A. Newhouse, conspiracy to commit a felony; obtaining money by false pretenses.

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