WESTON — A Jane Lew man who has been in jail for the last four months for allegedly taking inappropriate pictures with a 9-year-old child was denied a bond reduction Monday.
Ian Michael Toothman, 29, appeared with his attorney Brian Bailey before Judge Jacob Reger to ask for a bond reduction. Toothman has been held in the North Central Regional Jail on a $150,000 bond since being arrested for four counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust to a child, a felony, and four counts of use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct, a felony, according to a previous story. Magistrate Mike Gissy previously denied a motion to reduce bond at a preliminary hearing in January.
In his new motion, Bailey pointed to Toothman’s limited criminal history with one domestic battery conviction in Monongalia County. If granted a reasonable bond, Toothman would be willing to submit to home incarceration with GPS tracking and would reside with a family member where internet would be disabled. Bailey noted that Toothman had been cooperative with the authorities in the case.
According to the Lewis County Circuit Clerk’s office, the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office objected to a bond reduction. Reger denied the defendant’s motion for bond reduction and home confinement and Toothman was remanded back to the custody of the jail.
In the criminal complaint from the Lewis County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Senior Trooper Frank Turansky of the Weston detachment of the West Virginia State Police stated he received a sexual assault complaint on Jan. 8 in which a man advised his 9-year-old child had been sexually assaulted by the mother’s boyfriend, later identified as Toothman.
The incident is alleged to have happened about a month prior when Toothman, who lived with the child’s mother, was babysitting the child.