Wetzel County Teacher Charged
Newly hired Wetzel County Autism Teacher Adam Scott Croasmun, 25, of Paden City, was charged on July 12, 2019 with the felony offense of soliciting a minor via computer to engage in an illegal act. This crime is alleged to have taken place on May 15, 2019 in Wetzel County.
Devin Lowry of the West Virginia State Police arrested Croasmun, who was released on a $20,000 bond. Croasmun posted $2000 cash and $18,000 personal recognizance bond and was released pending further proceedings.
Croasmun is former graduate of Paden City High School, West Liberty University, and was recently employed with the Tyler County School System as a Special Education teacher. He resigned that postion effective June 30, to take a position as Autism Teacher in Wetzel County at the New Martinsville School, effective with the 2019-2020 school year. The alleged offense (a felony) is punishable by a possible fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisionment of 2-10 years in a state correctional facility. Sentencing will be at the discretion of the court.
A criminal complaint is not evidence of guilt. It is merely a charge. It contains allegations which the State must prove beyond all reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction. The Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.
Edward T. Toman Superintendent Wetzel County Schools says “I am aware that a recently employed classroom teacher, who has yet to begin his employment term with our school system, has been charged with crimes outlined in the criminal complaint. As I am sure the media is aware, school personnel laws prevent me from addressing this matter further given due process rights afforded to school employees. The allegations though, if true, are not acceptable of anyone, let alone an employee of our school system. The school system will have no further comments at this initial juncture.”