Arnoldsburg man faces more than 100 sex abuse charges

Tony Lee McCune

GRANTSVILLE — An Arnoldsburg man on Tuesday was charged with more than 100 counts of sexual abuse and child abuse with risk of injury occurring 17 years ago.

Tony Lee McCune, 44, of 4187 Arnoldsburg Road, was arrested by troopers of the Spencer Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

McCune was arrested after he sent the alleged victim a Facebook friend request and she instead told authorities about what happened to her in 2002.

According to the criminal complaint from the Calhoun County Magistrate Court, the alleged victim messaged McCune to see what he wanted.

She presented the officers with the message thread which included messages regarding instances of sexual abuse from McCune and another person. McCune told the alleged victim that he was sorry for what he did, the complaint said.

McCune admitted to the assaults in the message, the complaint said. He attempted to make offers to the alleged victim for sexual favors and pictures in exchange for money, according to the complaint.

The assaults happened when the alleged victim was 10 years old, the complaint said. The complaint said she explained, to the best of her knowledge, that the abuse started in January 2002 and continued through January 2008.

The abuse occurred at the home of the alleged victim in Arnoldsburg. She alleged the other person and McCune would drug her mother with sleeping medication and then proceed to take turns assaulting her approximately 100 times, the complaint said.

According to the alleged victim, while she was living in her mother’s residence in Arnoldsburg, McCune would come over every other day and assault her, the complaint said.

McCune was interviewed on Oct. 4. McCune admitting to knowing the alleged victim while she was younger and was able to describe the residence where the alleged abuse took place, the complaint said. He claimed to visiting the residence often, but denied the assault allegations, the complaint said.

McCune denied having any contact with the alleged victim, saying he hadn’t seen or spoken with her since she was little, the complaint said. When the trooper displayed the messages from the alleged victim, he stated he had no idea who she was, the complaint said.

Troopers obtained a search warrant of McCune’s residence and seized several electronic communication devices, the complaint said.

Digital images also were found that displayed McCune’s family member bound by duct tape to a treadmill, the complaint said. The family member appeared to be fearful in the photo and their eyes appeared as if they had been crying, the complaint said.

Another image showed McCune’s family member tied to the same treadmill with a rope that appeared to be tied around their ribs, the complaint said. One of the photos was labeled describing the image and the alleged victim’s name, the complaint said.

McCune is being held at the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $750,000 cash bond.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.


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