Wrestler accused of sex abuse offered plea deal

May 7, 2019

HUNTINGTON - A lawyer representing a Huntington High School wrestler accused of sexual abuse said Monday that prosecutors offered his client a plea deal and he needs more time to discuss it with him.

Zane Richard Lanham, 18, went before Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Alfred Ferguson for a pretrial hearing. Lanham was indicted by a Cabell County grand jury in January on a felony charge of first-degree sexual abuse and battery stemming from a November 2018 incident.

Richard Weston, Lanham’s attorney, said he had received discovery evidence in the case. Lanham was also offered a plea deal from prosecutors, but Weston did not say what the offer involved. Weston said he had not discussed the offer with Lanham, so Ferguson set a June 5 hearing to determine the

status of the case.

The indictment filed Jan. 31 states Lanham intentionally forced sexual contact with a 17-year-old female victim without her consent by touching her genitals through her clothing on Nov. 9 while in the 1300 block of 12th Street in Huntington. Lanham, a senior, is a two-time state wrestling champion.

Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers did not return a phone call Monday afternoon.