Preliminary Hearing Today For Accused Child Abuser

MOUNDSVILLE — A Moundsville man arrested in February will be heading to his preliminary hearing this morning, about two months after he was first scheduled to appear on charges of sexually abusing a young child.

William South, 56 of Moundsville, was originally arrested Feb. 20 following a brief search across several counties after he called family members, informing them that he intended to kill himself after charges came to light. South’s phone was indicated to be near Elkins, then Marietta, before being located in Moundsville. He was taken to the Ohio Valley Medical Center for evaluation on Feb. 8 and arrested 12 days later.

Moundsville police say that, in January, they were told by a woman that South had sexually abused a young child in her household. South, who had been involved in the family’s affairs for three years after some health problems, which led to him visiting frequently and watching children at the house.

The child was interviewed at Hermony House, describing that South, who she referred to as the “Grinch,” had molested her, and that South warned that “no one would ever love her” if she told anyone, which occurred the first night the child stayed with South without her sister, according to court documents.

During an interview with police, South allegedly said he became mildly aroused while giving the child a bath, and that he forced himself to stop having sexual thoughts, which he did not elaborate on, and that he “did not know how he was supposed to feel” around “girls of that age.” The age of the child was not provided in the police report.

South posted $20,000, 10 percent cash bond from the Northern Regional Jail. He is to appear before magistrate Mark Kerwood at 10:30 today.

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