Fayette woman faces multiple charges in connection with relationship

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. — Fayette County police allege a Mount Hope woman was living with an Oak Hill High School student as part of a sexual relationship and signing school absent forms for him.

Deputies arrested Lateesha Laneil Ward, 26, Thursday. Sheriff Steve Kessler said she’s charged with more than a dozen felony counts including sexual abuse, child neglect and forgery.

“According to the criminal complaint filed in the Fayette County Magistrate Court, Lateesha Laneil Ward allegedly enticed and encouraged this juvenile to leave his parents’ residence and move in with her,” Sheriff Kessler said in a news release.  “She allegedly supplied this juvenile with various controlled substances, engaged in sexual intercourse with him and encouraged him to miss school on a regular basis.”

Kessler said police learned of the relationship after the boy’s family was contacted for his excessive absences.

Kessler said Ward was with another juvenile when deputies arrested her Thursday.