NEW CUMBERLAND – A rally is being planned for Saturday in connection with the case of a Weirton man accused of sexually abusing a child.
Tyler M. Graham, 19, of Weirton was arrested in February for allegedly raping a 2-year-old girl in December.
The rally is being organized by members of Internet “hacktivist” group Anonymous and its supporters, and will take place at noon Saturday in front of the Hancock County Courthouse, 102 Court St. The group is protesting Graham’s reported release from prison while he awaits trial.
Graham was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury in April and faces charges of sexual assault by a custodian, sexual assault in the first degree and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
The alleged incident is said to have taken place while Graham was staying at the girl’s mother’s residence in December, according to Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis.
Weirton police began an investigation on Feb. 8 when they were called to Weirton Medical Center on a report of possible sexual assault involving a child. Reports indicate the child had contracted a sexually transmitted disease and required surgery.
A rally also was held on March 2 after Graham was released on a $50,000 bond following initial hearings in Hancock County Magistrate Court.