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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Finleyville man was arrested Friday on charges he had inappropriate contact and sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.

Russell William Robertson, 49, of 5141 Chevy Chase Drive, has been charged by Carroll Township police with four counts each of statutory sexual assault-11 years or older, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse-person substantially impaired, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

Carroll Township Officer Mike Fendya said the victim came to the police department to report the incident on Dec. 3.

The Valley Independent does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Robertson was living with Barbara Jo OBrien at 169 Fisher Ave, Carroll Township. The victim told police that she had visited with friends at OBrien's residence four times from August through October.

“From what I understand, the victim was friends with the daughter,” Fendya said. “They would hang out. They'd do what 15-year-old girls do. That's what brought her to the residence.”

The victim told Fendya that Robertson, on one or more occasions, had supplied alcoholic beverages to her and her friends to the point of them being highly intoxicated, the criminal complaint states.

The girl claims that Robertson allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with her “while she was in an intoxicated stupor,” which included oral sex and intercourse, according to the affidavit.

On Dec. 14, the victim was interviewed at the Washington County Child Advocacy office by a caseworker where she reiterated the allegations.

Robertson was arrested and arraigned by Monongahela Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson, who placed Robertson in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Washington County Central Court for a preliminary hearing 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2667 or

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