A man being held in the Logan County Detention Center awaiting trial on one rape charge was formally charged with two more counts of rape in another case last week.
In addition to the two rape counts, Eric Scott Paulson, 48, faces a count of engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print medium.
Wanted on a rape charge Paulson was apprehended working at a carnival in Lewisburg, W.V., in August of last year, and has been held since.
Fifteenth Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brian Mueller, has during multiple court appearances in which the initial case – stemming from a 2011 complaint in which a then 14-year old staying at the Paulson residence in 2009 said she awoke to find Paulson on top of her – against Paulson was continued, indicated he expected additional charges to be filed on Paulson.
That happened last week when Paulson was accused of inappropriately touching and ultimately raping two family members over a period of several years and in two states. The victims, both females, were 13- and 15-years old when the rapes were reported.
Shortly after the incidents were reported in February of 2012 Paulson, an over the road truck driver, abandoned a vehicle in Pennsylvania, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Both girls reported being penetrated by Paulson at the ages of 11 and 12 and both said Paulson had sex with them multiple times per week, sometimes multiple times per day when he was not driving a truck.
Both girls also claimed Paulson used a camera or a phone to take nude photographs of them. One of the victims also said they were forced to watch porn.
The rape charges against Paulson are both Class Y felonies punishable upon conviction by 10 to 40 years, or life in prison. The offense stemming from the alleged photos of the girls is a Class B felony punishable upon conviction by five to 20 years in prison and or a fine of up to $15,000.
Paulson is represented by public defender John Irwin in the initial charge.