Huntington man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of Boone County girls
by Fred Pace email@example.com
MADISON – A Huntington man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, according to Boone County Prosecutor Keith Randolph.
Cecil R. Wight, 65, of Huntington, was indicted in April on five counts of first degree sexual abuse and five counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust by a Boone County grand jury.
Police charged Wight with preying on young girls in a trailer park in Bim.
Wight was originally charged on April 17, 2012, with sexual assault after police claimed he had touched children inappropriately.
Wight was arrested Tuesday afternoon, April 17, 2012, at a trailer he owns in Bim, which is along W.Va. 85, near Wharton in Boone County.
Police said the mothers of two 6-year-olds came forward with inappropriate sexual allegations against Wight. Then, a third victim, a 9-year-old girl, also came forward with allegations.
The victims say the alleged abuse has been going on since summer of 2011, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.
“One of his last comments to me was that he loves looking at little girls’ butts, ‘They’re so cute,’” Wight reportedly told police.
Police said Wight, who lives in Huntington, frequently drove to the mobile home in Bim and spent extended amounts of time there.
Police said residents were “irate.”
He said someone broke windows in both Wight’s vehicle and mobile home. Wight’s belongings also had been tampered with.
Troopers had no suspects in that incident.
The mother of one of the 6-year-old victims told troopers that her daughter told her “Cecil the old man” had been taking pictures of her while she changed clothes in his home and had touched her genitals on several occasions, according to a criminal complaint.
Trooper E.B. McClung went to Wight’s home to speak with him about the incident. Wight allowed the officer to search his home.
McClung found a cellphone with pictures of the 6-year-old victim’s partially clothed lower body and of the girl in panties and a training bra.
Wight spoke freely to the trooper while he searched the home and told the officer he knew why he was there although the officer never questioned him at the home about sexual contact with the child.
Wight told the trooper he often cleaned the child and washed “her bottom when she has had accidents … on herself.”
He went on to say that when he washed her, he always checked her with his hands “to make sure she is clean, and may have touched her private area when doing so,” according to the complaint.
The child told troopers Wight touched her and exposed him to her and made her touch him.
Wight told police about cleaning the girl, but added that “he may have hurt her in this process,” the complaint said.
Police said Wight does not have an extensive criminal history in West Virginia.
Wight will be sentenced on Oct. 16, 2013.
The court ordered him to undergo a sex offender pre-sentence investigation report prior to sentencing and to register as a sex offender with the State Police within three days.
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