SENG CREEK — A Boone County man was arrested after an incident where witnesses say he concealed his identity through a social media profile, but later was discovered to be a registered sex offender.
Robert Eugene Daily, 62, of Seng Creek, was arrested and charged with seven counts of failure to register or provide notice of registration changes on Sept. 22.
Sgt. JJ Price of the West Virginia State Police wrote in a criminal complaint that he met with a woman who stated that she and her aunt had met with a man representing himself as Terry Hinton from Tennessee who was looking for people in the area to perform work on properties he owned or had acquired in the Boone County area.
The report states that the women found a post in the Facebook Marketplace that connected them to the suspect, whom they met at a residence at Seng Creek. According to the report, one of the women said she became uncomfortable when the accused “repeatedly touched her” during the interview process.
The report further states that the man claimed to own properties in the Whitesville, Charleston and Beckley areas and planned to make purchases in the Dorothy area. The report said the accused told the women they could expect to earn $1,000 per week and he said “he doesn’t deal with boyfriends or husbands and what happens between himself and the women remains between them.”
The officer confirmed that the only property owned by the accused is the one at Seng Creek.
The complaint states that the accused had given the women time to discuss the jobs and when he called them to inquire about their decision, they noted that the name that appeared on caller I.D. was “Daily, Robert” and after searching on the internet for information about that name, the women found his photo and information that led them to believe the accused was a registered sex offender in Boone County.
The report states that Daily has failed to register social media accounts, cellular or internet service but had registered as a sex offender with the Whitesville detachment in January 2020 after being “gone from the area for a number of years” and advised his conviction was from Henry County, Virginia. The report further states that Daily has registered a total of five times and each time following his initial registration was provided a copy of his previous registration and asked to review it and advise of any changes that needed to be made.
The officer discovered a discrepancy in that Daily’s conviction is from Kanawha County in 1999 for sexual assault second degree.
At press time, Daily was being held in Southwestern Regional Jail on $40,000 bond.