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Putnam man accused of sexual abuse at Braxton campground

West Virginia State Police have arrested a Putnam County man on charges that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a male juvenile while staying at a Braxton County campground.

Trooper T.D. McFeeley of the Winfield Detachment received a complaint from the child’s mother following a annual physical examination of the children by their physician. Information obtained during that doctor’s visit led to Troopers and CPS Workers interviewing the male youth and his sister.

According to the criminal complaint, Zachary Isiah Jobe, 21, of Poca, WV had inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with a 14-year-old male juvenile in the shower house of a Braxton County camping facility. The youth was a relative.

Officers also learned during their investigation that Jobe apparently showed videos of a sexual nature to the youth and his sister on multiple occasions.  Jobe was prohibited from being around the children, through the family’s divorce proceedings due to his past criminal history.

Zachary Jobe was arrested by Trooper McFeeley and arraigned before Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith since the crime allegedly occurred in this county. Jobe was charged with sexual abuse in the first degree stemming from the camping ground incident that occurred in June 2020. Magistrate Smith set Jobe’s bond at $25,000 cash only. At press time, he remains in the Central Regional Jail in lieu of that bond awaiting additional court proceedings.