Belpre man charged with 29 counts of rape

A Belpre man was arrested Friday and charged with 29 felony counts of rape, attempted rape and sexual battery of a young girl.

Kenneth Thompson, 41, of 700 Barclay St. Lot 10, was already a registered sex offender after being convicted of two counts of sexual battery in West Virginia.

The mother of the Washington County victim, now 14, recently reported the abuse to police. The incidents occurred over a period of three years, when the girl was 8 to 12 years old, said Washington County Sheriff’s Office Major Brian Schuck.

If convicted, Thompson could face life in prison for the crimes.