Visiting relative charged with improperly touching 14-year-old girl

Cary Ashby • Sep 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

A West Virginia man accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl is out on bond.

Charles G. Fortner, 50, of Bickmore, is charged with a sexual imposition. The third-degree misdemeanor is in connection with an Aug. 27 incident, according to Norwalk Municipal Court records.

The Norwalk Police Department received a report Wednesday afternoon about a Castalia girl who accused a family member who was visiting from out of state of touching her inappropriately, according to the police report.

"It was reported to an adult. ... It's a one-time thing," Capt. Mike Conney said. "She was here with family."

It's unclear why Fortner was in Norwalk.

"He doesn't live here," Conney said. "He essentially claimed he was never left alone with her."

After being interviewed, Fortner was transported to the Huron County Jail.

"He posted bond and was released," Conney said.

When asked if there was any credibility to the girl's allegation, Conney said "there was enough to warrant his arrest."

If convicted, Fortner faces up to 60 days in jail. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

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