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WCH man guilty of purchasing gun illegally, violating protection order

Charles A. Reeves also scheduled to go to trial for alleged assault of 6-year-old child

Ryan Carter ryancarter@civitasmedia.com

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A Washington C.H. man arrested in October 2013 for attempting to purchase a firearm illegally while he was under a civil protection order for the alleged assault of a child is now facing a possibility of up to three years in prison.


At his Jan. 15 trial in Fayette County Common Pleas Court, Charles A. Reeves was found guilty of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and violation of a protection order, a felony of the third degree.


In a separate case, Reeves, 26, is facing charges of endangering children, a third-degree felony, and felonious assault. He is scheduled to go to trial for those charges on March 13 and will be sentenced on the first case (and second case if he’s found guilty) following the trial.


The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Sept. 16, 2013 that a 6-year-old boy had “significant bruising” on him, according to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. After deputies interviewed the boy, Reeves was charged with domestic violence. However, after the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the case, charges of endangering children and felonious assault were added.


A civil protection order was filed against Reeves on behalf of the child, according to Stanforth.


Sheriff’s detectives later received information that Reeves was attempting to purchase a firearm. Through investigation, detectives learned that Reeves is restricted from purchasing or possessing a firearm, according to the court order.


“A detective working in a covert capacity established contact with Reeves, affirming that Reeves was attempting to purchase a stolen firearm,” said Stanforth.


On Oct. 4, 2013, detectives arranged to meet with Reeves to make the transaction with consent of the Prosecutor’s Office. Following a reported exchange of cash for the firearm, Reeves was arrested and charged.

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