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Huntington man sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of Boone County girls

Fred Pace fpace@civitasmedia.com

October 18, 2013

MADISON – A Huntington man has been sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of two Boone County girls, according to Boone County Prosecutor Keith Randolph.


Cecil R. Wight, 65, of Huntington, was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, to 5 to 25 years on each of two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree for a total of 10 to 50 years.


“I also recommended and the court granted an additional 50 years supervision, if he ever gets out of prison,” Randolph said after the sentencing hearing. “He also will be subject to a lifetime registration as a sex offender if he ever gets out of prison.”


Wight was indicted in April 2013 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 that afternoon 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.


Wight told police about cleaning the girl, but added that “he may have hurt her in this process,” the complaint said.


The child told troopers Wight touched her and exposed him to her and made her touch him.


Police said Wight does not have an extensive criminal history in West Virginia.