CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities say a Sissonville man, already jailed for possession of child porn, filmed himself sexually assaulting the children of neighbors and friends.
Three victims have been identified, but authorities believe there are more.
Clay Culhane Counts, 50, of 1975 Longmeadow Drive, was arraigned Wednesday night in Kanawha Magistrate Court on 14 counts of first-degree sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a child by a custodian, and use of minors in filming sexually explicit content.
He appeared before Magistrate Joe Shelton in orange jail clothes and bowed his head as the magistrate spoke to him. He already was being held at South Central Regional Jail on distribution-of-child-porn charges filed in September, said Detective Sean Snuffer of the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation.
Detectives developed the case from there. Snuffer said during the initial investigation they found some of the victims, boys and girls ranging in age from 10 to 14, had been molested in Counts' home.
Investigators removed more than a dozen tapes and computer hard drives from Counts' home for further investigation. Authorities with the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted.
The videos show Counts sexually assaulting the children, according to the complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
"There are other victims involved in this we haven't identified yet," Snuffer said. "He didn't know all of their names."
The tapes showed various sexual acts involving minor children, all of whom were under 14 years old when the tapes were made. Three children were identified by initials in the complaint.
Two of them would be about 14 today, and one would be about 13.
One tape shows Counts performing oral sex on all of the children and then them performing oral sex on him. The tape also shows Counts performing anal sex on one child.
Another tape shows Counts performing oral and anal sex on a child in the bedroom of his home. The child is also seen in the video performing sex acts on Counts.
The child told authorities during a forensic interview at the Kanawha County Child Advocacy Center that Counts had sexual contact with him when he was 10 or 11 years old.
"This is a very serious crime," Snuffer said after Counts' arraignment Wednesday. "It's disturbing and disgusting."
He said Counts is believed to have been committing such acts for about six years but it could have been going on longer.
Some of the victims could be adults by now, Snuffer said.
Detectives are asking those victims to come forward. They're also asking the public to come forward with any information they have about Counts.
Anyone with information can contact Kanawha Bureau of Investigation detectives at 304-357-0169 or 304-357-0200.
Counts is being held at South Central Regional Jail. His bond was set Wednesday at $100,000 cash only, in addition to the $50,000 property-only bond set in September.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.