The Dominion Post  

Ohio man pleads in sex abuse case

Created on:   Tue, Dec 5, 2017   4:08 PM

Last modified:   Tue, Dec 5, 2017   4:08 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — An Ohio man who had been charged with first-degree sexual abuse in Morgantown last January pleaded guilty to two lesser charges Dec. 5 in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Michael Clayton Shumaker, 56, of Bremen, Ohio, will now be sentenced in February on two charges of battery and unlawful restraint.

Each misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to one year in prison, Judge Susan Tucker told Shumaker.

Shumaker was initially charged Jan. 10 after a housekeeping employee at Springhill Suites in Morgantown said he touched her and kissed her without his consent while she tried to clean his room.

The employee told police he touched her buttocks and then kissed her on the cheek, even after she told him several times to stop.

She said he also blocked the door to try to keep her from leaving the room.

Shumaker could have faced one to five years in prison for the first-sexual assault charge, which is a felony.

He was fired last January from his 28-year job at a manufacturing company in Bremen, where he worked as a manager.