Correctional officer arrested on child sexual abuse charges

Published: Jan. 5, 2017 at 12:04 PM EST
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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A correctional officer at a juvenile detention center has been arrested in connection with child sexual abuse.

Stephen Basham, 37, of Scarbro is charged with use of a minor child to produce obscene matter.

He is also charged with criminal invasion of privacy and possession of child erotica.

Basham was working at the Gene Spaaro Juvenile Detention Center in Mount Hope.

According to the administrator of the center, Basham has been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the case.

There is no indication Basham had unsupervised contact with any of the juvenile detainees being housed at the center, according to a release.

"Keeping our children safe from sexual predators is one of the primary duties and responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Mike Fridley. "Any reports filed with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office concerning the alleged physical or sexual abuse of children will be carefully and thoroughly investigated, and anyone who harms one of our kids will be held accountable for his or her actions."

Basham has been released after posting bond.

The case remains under investigation.