Update: Suspects In Sexual Abuse Case Appear In Court

Updated: 4/30/2014 4:30 P.M.

Randy Hammer and his two sons, Paul and Thomas, waived their preliminary hearings this morning in Wirt County Magistrate Court.

The case now goes on to the Wirt County Grand Jury.



The state police investigate a disturbing case of child abuse in Wirt County and three men are behind bars.

This involves several members of one family and that's not just the accused, but the victim as well.

State police Tuesday served warrants on a father and his two sons, for the reported sexual abuse of a 15-year old female.

61-year old Randy Hammer and his sons, 25-year old Paul and 23-year old Thomas are being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

Arrest warrants were served on the three men Tuesday morning at their home on Munday Road in Wirt County.

State police were first made aware of the allegations earlier this month.

Randy Hammer is charged with multiple counts of incest, sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a custodian.

He's being held on $160,000 bond.

Thomas and Paul Hammer are each being held on $75,000 bond on similar charges.

While this is not an element of this case, state police say the Hammer family has a history of anti-government ideologies.

For that reason, the state police brought in its special response team when it served warrants on the three suspects Tuesday.

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