Robert W. Stringer, 25, from Ridgeview, appeared at the Johnson County Judicial Center in Paintsville, Ky., facing a felony charge of “Custodial Interference.”
Johnson County Circuit Court Judge John Kevin Holbrook set a preliminary hearing date for Stringer for 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 13. Stringer is being represented by a court appointed attorney after posting a $10,000 cash only bond.
Stringer was arrested last month by deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department after information was received from authorities in the state of Kentucky, according to Boone County Sheriff Randall White.
Deputies reported that Stringer was found to be in the company of a 14-year old-female from Paintsville, Ky.
Initial investigations point to an online relationship between Stringer and the juvenile female, police said, which resulted in Stringer allegedly traveling to the victim's school and picking her up when school was dismissed without permission of the teen girl’s parents. The pair then traveled back to Stringer's residence in Ridgeview, according to the police report.
Sheriff's Deputies D.J. Cottrell and A.M. Cook are handling the initial investigation in Boone County’s juristdiction. Boone County Chief Deputy Chad White said the department was waiting on the results forensic tests before filing any West Virginia charges against Stringer.
“It is a very real possibility that we will have criminal charges filed in Boone County in the coming days on Mr. Stringer,” said Boone County Sheriff Randall White. “The investigation is continuing and we are looking into what sort of violations of the law have been committed here in our county.”