Margel Tenney, 57, appeared in Upshur County court Monday and entered the plea, said Prosecuting Attorney Jake Reger.
Circuit Judge Kurt Hall ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a sex offender evaluation will be completed before Tenney's sentencing, which was tentatively set for June 30. Tenney faces up to 20 years in prison.
Tenney was at the center of a March 2013 man hunt when an amber alert was issued for his step-daughter and her infant daughter. West Virginia State Police arrested Tenney on Interstate 79 south near mile marker 104 in Lewis County.
904 West Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Main (304) 623-3311
Fax (304) 624-6152(Clarksburg)
Fax (304) 225-2522(Morgantown)