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Michael Cline Indicted

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Logan — A Logan County grand jury has returned two indictments of a businessman who became the subject of a recent social media storm.

Hot Cup owner Michael Cline has been in custody since February on felony charges of sexual assault and child pornogtaphy.

His indictments were among the 61 indictments handed down by the during the May term. 

Cline, 48, is listed twice in the list of indictments, which was released by the Logan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, May 10. 

Cline is first listed on the docket of Circuit Judge Joshua Butcher on charges of distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and use of minors in filming sexually explicitconduct.

Cline owned the Hot Cup coffee shop in downtown Logan along with the building it was housed in.

After charges exploded on the internet, he was arrested February 9 on child pornography and sexual assault charges. One of his charges, a first-degree sexual assault charge listed in a criminal complaint involving an 11-year-old girl in 2001, is not listed in the indictment documents.

Cline has been housed at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $500,000 cash only bond since his arrest. Two attempts by him to secure a bond reduction were unsuccessful.

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Parents were alarmed when the charges were leveled and Cline quickly closed the business.

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

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