CHARLES TOWN — A Jefferson County jury convicted a Virginia Beach, Virginia, man Friday of three felony charges in a sexual assault case, which occurred in June 2017 in Kearneysville.
Michael Thomas Wade, 41, was convicted of two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault and one felony count of first-degree sexual abuse, a lesser included offense, according to a press release Wednesday from Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Harvey. The jury trial began on Wednesday.
In September 2017, Wade was charged with three felony counts of second-degree sexual assault, Jefferson County Circuit Court records said.
Wade, who testified on his behalf, was charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female between June 17-18, 2017, the press release said. Court records said the investigation began when Detective S. Demory of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was called from Winchester Medical Center about the juvenile victim on June 21, 2017.
According to West Virginia code, second-degree sexual assault is when “such person engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person without the person’s consent, and the lack of consent results from forcible compulsion.” First-degree sexual abuse is defined as when “such person subjects another person to sexual contact without their consent, and the lack of consent results from forcible compulsion.”
Wade, who was released on a $25,000 bond prior to trial, was taken into custody after the guilty verdicts, where he is being held without bond. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
He is facing 10-25 years in prison for each count of second-degree sexual assault and one to five years in prison for the first-degree sexual abuse count, Harvey said in the press release.
Defense made two motions for judgement of acquittal; however, they were both denied by 23rd Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hammer, who presided over the trial, court records said.
The case was continued approximately five time times at the request of the defense and the state due to need for additional time to review new evidence, a possible plea offer, schedule conflicts of the parties and expert witnesses and change in the prosecuting attorney handling the case, court records said.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Greg Jones and Lyndsey Matschat prosecuted the case on behalf of the state, and Jason Stedman on behalf of Wade. The case was investigated by Cpl. J. Forman and Demory.