FAYETTE CO., WV (NEWS RELEASE) – A Fayette County Assistant School Principal has been re-arrested on additional charges for sexual crimes. Sheriff Mike Fridley and Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah released the following information concerning this arrest:
In May of 2017 the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of alleged sexual assault and abuse that occurred approximately twenty years previously. The alleged perpetrator was identified as Victor Glen Whitt, age 57, of Hico. At the time of these alleged incidents Whitt was employed as a teacher at Nuttall Middle School and the victim was a student there.
Following an investigation into these allegations, a criminal complaint was filed in the Fayette County Magistrate Court charging Whitt with seven felony counts of Sexual Abuse by a Parent, Guardian, Custodian or Person in a Position of Trust and six felony counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault. Whitt was arraigned in the Fayette County Magistrate Court and was released on a $100,000.00 bond.
Almost immediately following Whitt’s initial arrest on these charges, a second victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report that she had also been victimized by Victor Whitt while he was a teacher at Nuttall Middle School and the victim was attending school there. The investigation into these additional allegations indicated that these incidents occurred a few years after the initial alleged incidents. The victim reported a pattern of conduct by Victor Whitt that was substantially similar to that reported by the first victim. The two victims are of different ages, did not attend school at the same time and are apparently not connected in any way other than their alleged shared victimization by Victor Whitt.
A new criminal complaint was filed in the Fayette County Magistrate Court yesterday evening charging Victor Whitt with nine additional felony counts of Sexual Abuse by a Parent, Guardian, Custodian or Person in a Position of Trust and six felony counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse. He was arrested earlier this morning, arraigned in the Fayette County Magistrate Court and released on the same $100,000.00 bond previously posted.
“Based on the information developed during this ongoing investigation, we strongly believe that there are additional victims in the community who have not yet come forward,” said Sheriff Mike Fridley. “We are encouraging anyone who has experienced any level of perceived sexual misconduct to come forward at this time.”
“Sexual assault and abuse is the type of criminal conduct that often causes victims to suffer shame, embarrassment and fear,” said Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah. “It is not at all uncommon for victims to wait several years before reporting allegations of this nature. It is important for victims to realize they are not alone. This case has been overseen by Assistant Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Elizabeth Campbell, and she will be continuing to work with the Sheriff’s Office in the ongoing investigation into these allegations.”
Anyone with any information concerning this ongoing investigation or who wishes to file a report may contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 574-4216 or through our Facebook page, “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.” This case remains under investigation by Sergeant T.N. Mooney and the Sheriff’s Detective Bureau.