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UPDATE: Former GW High JROTC instructor allowed to see children after sexual abuse conviction

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Martin Dale Kirby, a former JROTC instructor for George Washington High School, was granted permission to see his children and grandchildren.

A judge modified the conditions of his sentence to allow for visits.

Kirby was pleaded to sexual abuse by a parent or guardian earlier in 2014.



According to the Kanawha County Circuit Court, Martin Kirby was sentenced Wednesday, March 12, on the charge of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

Kirby will spend 52 weekends in jail, along with five years probation.  Kirby must also register as a sex offender with the WV State Police.

The Kanawha County Circuit Court says that Kirby can still reside with his children, pending a hearing.



Former JROTC instructor Martin Kirby pleaded guilty to sexual abuse by a person of trust. 

Kirby was charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, after he was accused of sexual contact with a female student at G.W. High School on two occasions.

Kirby faces 10 to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.



An Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor at George Washington High School in Charleston was arrested Monday and charged with sex abuse. 

Martin Dale Kirby was charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, after he had sexual contact with a female student at G.W. High School on two occasions.

Investigators with the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation said Kirby admitted to having sex with the student.

Kirby has since been released on bond. 

The incidents happened on or around September 2010, according to the criminal complaint.

Kirby and the female victim, who was a minor enrolled in the program at the time, organized two private meetings at the JROTC office on GW grounds.

The complaint stated that during the first meeting, the victim claims Kirby touched her inappropriately and kissed her; the day after, she claimed they had consensual sexual intercourse.

Cpl. B.D. Humphreys told 13NEWS that authorities found cell phone and land line records between Kirby and the victim, but that the two also communicated via e-mail and instant messaging on the computer.

"I think it's easier now than ever for these type of relationships to occur," Cpl. Humphreys said. "There are so many kids for ways to communicate."

Beckie Drumheler, of Charleston, said she has close ties to the JROTC program. Her son graduated as a commander at GWHS in 1999.

"When my son was there, I speak very highly of the program." Drumheler said. "I hope this doesn't harm the program in the future, that they would do away with it. I think many people benefit from the ROTC programs."

 Her son, Edward Drumheler IV, now 32 years old, attended West Point, .fought in the Iraq War, and was awarded a Purple Heart.

She said she hopes the accusations are false because she believes the program has served its students--and those students, in turn, have served our country.

"This is a sad thing," Drumheler said. "It's a blemish on the program. I'm very sad, and I hope this man gets his day in court."

Kanawha County School Board President Pete Thaw told 13NEWS the arrest was news to him. Thaw said as of 7 p.m. on Tuesday, school officials had yet to contact him about the issue.

Investigators are asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective D. A. Scurlock at 304-357-4670.

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