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Wood County Circuit Court

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Circuit Court heard the following cases on June 19:

Brian Mason, 52, in custody, was found guilty per plea before Wood County Circuit Judge Jason Wharton Friday to soliciting to a minor via computer.

Mason was sentenced to 15 years with credit for 111 days at the at the West Virginia Department of Corrections.

Mason was one of seven men arrested in an undercover investigation into suspects allegedly attempting to solicit sexual encounters with minors via social media. Two are facing federal charges.

Mason had allegedly created a Craigslist advertisement looking for “a young female plumber.” An “undersigned” officer reached about the post and they began correspondence, with Mason believing the officer to be a 14-year-old girl from Parkersburg, officials said.

The defendant told the officer, still posing as a young girl, that he was “very experienced” and wanted to know when she was “free to meet up,” officials said.

The officer responded by asking what they would do, and the defendant allegedly responded by suggesting they could get a room.

Mason was arrested after he showed up at the meeting place.

Also before Wharton was Charles Trippett, 56, 1166 Club Drive, Washington, was found guilty per plea to the charges of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, counts one and two and an information charge of transferring stolen property. He was sentenced to one to five years with 11 days credit at the West Virginia Department of Corrections for counts one and two, to run concurrent and six months at the North Central Regional Jail for count one of the information, to run consecutively to counts one and two.

In Judge J.D. Beanes Court:

* Jedidiah Daniel Stutler, 21, in custody, was found guilty per plea of uttering and petit larceny. After successful completion of drug court, he was dismissed on the charge of petit larceny and sentenced to six months to two years at the Anthony Center.