Hearing Delayed in Moundsville Sexual Abuse Case

Photo by Alan Olson Nigura Spicher, right, delays his preliminary hearing on charges of first degree sexual assault, aided by attorney Brett Ferro.

After his arrest late last month on charges of first degree sexual abuse, a Wheeling man delayed his preliminary hearing at the advice of his attorney.

Nigura Spicher, 36, of Eagle Court, Wheeling, was set to have his preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon. However, his attorney Brett Ferro said, that due to a variety of factors, including unforseen issues with the alleged victim testifying, such as her effect on Spicher’s mental state, among other things, that Spicher would like more time to consult with him to work out the details.

“He just didn’t feel comfortable waiving today, and I didn’t feel comfortable with him waiving today,” Ferro said. “Just based upon some things he told me. … I wasn’t given a new time or date, and he might waive it then. I’m going to meet with him Monday. He’s not going anywhere.”

Spicher was arrested in January when he confessed to allegedly molesting a young girl in Marshall County. He walked into Wheeling Police headquarters and told police, “I am a child molester. I look up child porn a lot and I’d like to be under arrest.”

In further discussions with police, Spicher told police he wanted to “be honest and truthful about the whole process.” The alleged victim told police Spicher had assaulted her since she was 9. Her most vivid recollection, she said, was when Spicher, home from college, cornered her in a treehouse.

Spicher also confessed to molesting another girl, a 5-year-old at the time, but refused to speak to police further without an attorney.

The trooper handling the investigation could not be reached for comment.

The case was transferred to the West Virginia State Police, who later that month placed him under arrest. He remains in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.