Today, after a lengthy investigation, Sgt. M. K. Elkins of St. Albans Police Department arrested Donnie J. Sparks (63 y.o.a. of St. Albans) for two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault. Sgt. Elkins has detailed statements from two now adult men, who said Sparks abused them when they were in their early teens. The men detail accusations of oral sex and intimidation including threats to kill one of the accusers. Texted nude photos were also allegedly sent to the suspect. They accuse the suspect of providing them with cigarettes, pills, and marijuana.
One of the men said Sparks initially approached him at a baseball game in St. Albans. The other accuser said the suspect befriended him initially and began buying him things. Both accusers said the abuse happened at the suspect’s Highland Drive residence and office located in the 500 block of 6th Avenue. For several years, Sparks was a youth basketball coach for youth leagues in St. Albans.
Sparks arraigned and received a $75,000 surety bond. He was able to make that bond and was released.
Sgt. Elkins believes there are many other victims which have not come forward. Other victims are encouraged to contact Sgt. Elkins or any St. Albans Police officer regarding their contact with Sparks.
All persons arrested are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.