By Beth Christian
The Parsons Advocate
PARSONS – A Tucker County Grand Jury returned two indictments Tuesday.
Jesse Derick Suesli, 33, a resident of Hambleton, was indicted on one count of first degree sexual assault and one count of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian. On Friday, Suesli appeared in Tucker County Circuit Court before Tucker County Circuit Court Judge James W. Courrier Jr. Suesli was represented by his attorney Frank Bush.
Courrier said the possible penalty for first degree sexual assault is not less than 25 years or more than 100 years in a state correctional facility as well as a fine of not less than $5,000 or more than $25,000. He said the possible penalty for sexual abuse by a parent or guardian is 10 to 20 years in a state correctional facility as well as a fine of not less than $500 or more than $5,000 and imprisonment for 10 to 20 years.
According to the criminal complaint, Suesli allegedly engaged in inappropriate touching with a child younger than 12 years old.
Currently, Suesli is on home confinement with electronic monitoring. Bush asked that the conditions of bond be continued and Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora had no objections to that.
A suppression hearing was set for 2 p.m. March 10 in Tucker County Circuit Court.
Also indicted by the Tucker County Grand Jury was David J. Biggs, 24 of Elkins. Biggs was indicted on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Biggs did not appear in Tucker County Circuit Court Friday because he is incarcerated in Randolph County on another charge.
A suppression hearing for Biggs was set for 2:15 p.m. March 10 in Tucker County Circuit Court. Biggs is being represented by attorney James Hawkins.
An indictment is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.