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Wyo. County man arrested for 52 counts of sexual abuse against two teens

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Father Paul Wharton of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley released the following statement Monday in response to revelations of possible abuse inside his Church in May of 2019:


PINEVILLE, W.Va. (WVVA) A Wyoming County man was arrested on sexual abuse charges  Friday.

Francis Stephen Keiling II is charged with 52 counts of Sexual Abuse by a Parent on Guardian.

According to the complaint, the abuse went on from late 2007 to September of 2017, with two teenage females.

Court records indicate one of the victims made the decision to come forward after she was abused three times in just one 24 hour period in the downstairs area of St. Frances de Sales Church in May of 2019.

Keiling II is currently being held in Southern Regional Jail (SRJ) on a $100,000 cash only bond.

Annie Moore

Multimedia Journalist

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