24 year old Martins Ferry Ohio man charged for crimes against a juvenile



Sheriff Jeffrey Paden announced that charges have been filed against a 24 year old Martins Ferry, Oh man for crimes against a juvenile. Brian Keith Bell Jr. has been charged with Gross Sexual Imposition, a felony if the third degree following the investigation.

Lieutenant Sam Williams, lead investigator on the case said that the incident was reported by the victim who is now a teenager, at the end of March. He said that the victim was under the age of 10 at the time of the incident and she was a relative to Bell Jr. Following interviews, processing of the evidence, and meeting with Prosecutors, charges were prepared and filed on Monday morning May 15th.

Bell Jr. is currently in custody in the Guernsey County jail. He is also wanted on an active warrant in Texas for Aggravated Sexual Assault on a child.

Lt. Williams thanked Guernsey County Children Services case workers and advocates from the Haven of Hope for their assistance in this case.