Boone deputies say man accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl is in custody

Boone County deputies said they are seeking a man in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. ** Boone County Sheriff's Office Photo

UPDATE: Boone County deputies said Gregory Allen Edwards is in custody as of 3 p.m. Thursday.

Boone County deputies said they are looking for a man in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl and said there may be other victims.

Gregory Allen Edwards, 24, of Charleston is wanted on outstanding warrants for four counts of third-degree sexual assault, according to information posted on the Boone County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page. His last known address is Maryland Avenue in Charleston.

A complaint filed over the weekend with patrol deputies led to a more extensive criminal investigation by an officer with the sheriff's office child abuse and sex crimes unit. The investigation found that Edwards had sex with the 12-year-old female on at least four occasions during the month of January, deputies said.

The sheriff's office also was able to link Edwards to at least one other sexual assault case it is currently investigating, and charges on that case and possibly others are likely in the future, deputies said.

Deputies believe Edwards may possibly still be in Boone County staying with friends either in the Comfort or Van areas.

"I feel it is important to get this information out to the public as quickly as possible due to the fact there are possibly multiple victims," Sheriff Randall White said. "It is also troubling to know that Mr. Edwards is hiding at an unknown location and could be victimizing other children. Locking him up is a priority for us right now and any help from the public is greatly appreciated. Please remember, you can remain anonymous."

If convicted of third-degree sexual Assault, Edwards could face not less than one nor more than five years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000 for each count.

Anyone who has information about Edwards' whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement or the sheriff's office. The 24-hour, nonemergency number to the Boone County 911 center is 304-369-9913 or you can call the sheriff's office at 304-369-7340. You can also submit information on the sheriff's office Facebook page.

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