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UPDATE: Bizarre details revealed in sex abuse case against man who claimed to have 'magic' powers

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Bluefield Police have arrested a man on multiple counts of sex crimes against children.

James Irvin, 56, of Bluefield, was taken into custody Monday morning. He is charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse and five counts of sexual assault against three juvenile victims.

Irvin was arraigned before Magistrate Susan Honaker. He's being held on $100,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, two of the victims lived with their mother and stepfather in Irvin's home on Giles Street when the alleged offenses occurred in 2007.

The complaint states the alleged sex acts were performed under the guise of Pagan/Wiccan rituals, of which Irvin was a follower.

One victim testified that Irvin forced her to perform the sexual acts, described as "magic" to "make mommy well," the complaint states.

The second victim stated that her mother believed Irvin was a "magical Warlock," according to the complaint. She was told by her mother that she "was going to have to do something to keep her well which involved magic with Irvin," the complaint says.

The victim says she went to Irvin's bedroom after school every day for at least two weeks, where the alleged sex acts occurred.

A third victim -- a friend of the family -- has also come forward to report that she was sexually abused by Irvin on four occasions at his home. She told police, according to the criminal complaint, that Irvin told her the "magic" acts could "make her recently deceased father come back."

Further investigation led Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department to an ex-wife of Irvin's in Henderson, Texas. The ex-wife advised Adams that Irvin had sexually assaulted her daughter around 20 years ago, but fled to West Virginia before facing charges.

The Texas CPS Department confirmed an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of Irvin's stepdaughter in November 1994. The allegations were found to be substantiated at that time.

WVVA's Lindsay Oliver is covering this story and will have more this evening on WVVA News.
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