More charges possible in sexual assault case
State Police are exploring additional charges against a Cabell County man that they say preyed on young girls in a trailer park.
Cecil Wight, 65, of Huntington was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a trailer he owns in Bim, which is along W.Va. 85 near Wharton in Boone County.
Sgt. Andy Perdue said the mothers of two 6-year-old girls told troopers Monday that Wight had touched their children inappropriately. He said a third victim, a 9-year-old girl, has since come forward.
Perdue said there could be more victims in the case. The victims say the alleged abuse has been going on since last summer, he said.
"One of his last comments to me was that he loves looking at little girls' butts, 'They're so cute,'" Perdue said Thursday.
He said Wight, who lives in Huntington, frequently drove to the mobile home in Bim and spent extended amounts of time there.
Perdue 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 Monday 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 filed in Boone Magistrate Court.
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 himself to her and made her touch him.
Wight was taken into custody and again told police about cleaning the girl but added that "he may have hurt her in this process," the complaint said.
The sergeant said evidence was being analyzed at Marshal University's Digital Forensics Laboratory.
Perdue said Wight does not have an extensive criminal history in West Virginia, "only a citation or something," but troopers are looking into his past in other states.
The sergeant said more charges could be forthcoming. He was charged Tuesday with one count of third-degree sexual assault.
He remains at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 11:30 a.m. April 27 in Boone Magistrate Court.
Anyone with information can contact the Madison State Police detachment at 304-369-7800.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4850.