FAYETTEVILLE, WV (LOOTPRESS) — An Oak Hill man was sentenced to prison on Monday for felonies of sexual offenses after being found guilty in a two-day jury trial in October.
Fayette County Attorney Anthony Silibert, Jr. reports that on February 5, 2021, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department conducted an interview with a woman who said that the defendant in this case, Chad M. Eldridge, 37, from Oak Hill, raped her. when she was underage.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau begins an investigation into Eldridge in response to this disclosure, with authorities ultimately deciding that Eldridge did indeed sexually abuse a minor on several occasions.
Eldridge was convicted of second-degree sexual assault — a felony — at the conclusion of a two-day trial on October 19, 2022.
On January 23, 2022, Chief District Judge Paul M. Blake, Jr. sentenced Eldridge to a prison term of not less than ten and not more than twenty-five years for a felony of sexual assault in the second degree. Eldridge would have to serve a minimum of ten years in prison before potentially being eligible for parole and would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
In addition, the defendant will be sentenced to thirty years of extended supervised release following his final release from prison.
The case was investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau and was pursued by Assistant Attorney Sarah F. Smith.
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