OCEAN CITY — A West Virginia man was charged with rape and assault this week after allegedly sexually assaulting a passed-out juvenile girl on the grass in front of a downtown residence.
On Tuesday, Ocean City Police responded to the area of Lark Lane for a passed-out individual, but the report was then changed to a possible rape involving a 15-year-old girl. Witnesses on the scene gave a description of the alleged suspect, later identified as Joseph Fernandez, 19, of Martinsburg, West Va.
Fernandez was located a short time later in the area of 26th Street and began making statements to OCPD detectives, including that he was sorry and that the girl told him she was over 21. At that point, Fernandez also told police he had no idea the victim was under 18 and that he did have sex with her because she said she was 18.