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Ritchie Co. man arrested for allegedly having relations with girl

Officers said a DNA match led to a Ritchie County man being arrested and charged with Third-Degree Sexual Assault.
Roland Wayne McLaughlin
Roland Wayne McLaughlin(WV Corrections)
Published: Feb. 15, 2022 at 12:45 PM EST
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Officers said a DNA match led to a Ritchie County man being arrested and charged with Third-Degree Sexual Assault.

Officers received a complaint on June 14, 2021 from a woman about a possible child sexual abuse or assault, according to a criminal complaint.

The report says the woman told officers that a 14-year-old girl was “having a sexual relationship” with Roland McLaughlin, 35, of Auburn, West Virginia.

Officers said others told them the girl was “possibly pregnant.”

Officers with Child Protective Services interviewed the girl, and she told them that she was “in ‘love’ with McLaughlin” and that he “meant too much to her to be away from him.”

Officials with CPS completed the necessary paperwork to take temporary custody of the girl, according to court documents.

The report says the girl was taken to the hospital on June 15, 2021 for a sexual assault examination, and the sexual assault examination kit was sent to the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory for processing.

Officers received the results from the girl’s sexual assault kit on Nov. 16, and the results indicated male DNA on each swab tested, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers said they got a search warrant for McLaughlin’s DNA on Nov. 19 and executed the search warrant on Nov. 21.

On Feb. 11, 2022, the results from McLaughlin’s DNA test showed a positive match to the male DNA that was in the girl’s assault kit.

McLaughlin has been charged with Third-Degree Sexual Assault and is being held at North Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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