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Blades Busted For 15 Sexual Assaults

Held In Western Regional Jail Pending Bond

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

First on PutnamLIVE.com...Martin Lee Blades

This is a story about why parents need to keep a close eye on their children.

A Putnam County man took a trip to jail, Wednesday, after his arrest on felony sex crime charges, jail records state.

Martin Lee Blades, 44, of Jarjohn Drive, Winfield, was arrested September 14th, 2011, by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.A. Phillips.

According to jail records, Blades is charged with:

  • First Degree Sexual Assault of a Minor (four counts)
  • Third Degree Sexual Assault (four counts)
  • First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor (seven counts)

WVSP Sergeant K.S. Dickson reports that the 14-year-old girl's mother contacted the Winfield Detachment Wednesday morning. Within hours, Blades was behind bars.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court, Blades struck up a friendship with the teenager, bought her a cell phone, and even attempted to date the girl's mother. Both describe Blades as a "nice" man. Eventually, the girl told police that she fell in love with Blades and had sexual intercourse with him four times.

When the girl's mother became suspicious of Blades, she reported discovering numerous cell phone calls between the two and 5,200 text messages from Blades during the month of August, 2011.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl says she feels there is nothing wrong with her relationship with Blades. The law says differently. Blades denies having sex with the girl as well as any other wrongdoing but reportedly refused to submit to a recorded interview.

Blades and the girl are not related, Dickson states.

PutnamLIVE.com does not publish the names of alleged sexual assault victims-including the names of minors-unless they step forward. Because of the many identifying details in the criminal complaint, we are declining to publish the document.

After his arrest, Blades was transported to the Western Regional Jail and Correctional Facility, in Barboursville. Officials booked and photographed at 11:00 p.m., according to the jail's web site.

During a hearing, Blades' bond was set at $150,000, by Putnam County Magistrate Linda Hunt, jail records state.

Blades' Putnam County Magistrate Court case numbers are: 11F, 376-390. 

Publisher’s note: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

A criminal complaint is a legal document that is usually filled out by a law enforcement officer presenting evidence to a judge or magistrate. The judicial official determines if the officer has provided enough evidence to issue a complaint or a warrant for a suspect arrest. 

Mug shots are provided courtesy of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.


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