Case Against Man Accused of Getting Girl with Autism Pregnant Moves Forward

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case against a man from Putnam County accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl with autism is moving foward.

Justin Vance was in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Vance met the girl at Special Olympics.

When he needed a place to stay, the girl's parents offered him their couch.

Investigators testified Thursday this was an emotionally difficult case because the girl didn't understand what had happened to her.

"In her discussion with the victim, she asked her if she knew what sexual intercourse was. The victim did not. The victim had difficulty understanding what pregnancy was," Lt. Ryan Lockhart, Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy said.

Once deputies were able to explain the situation to the girl she told them Vance was the only person she had ever been with, Lt. Lockhart said.

During the hearing, the magistrate found probable cause to send the case against Vance to a grand jury.

The girl's parents are also in jail. They are accused of allowing the abuse to happen.


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