W.Va. jail guard in isolation cell on sex charges

September 21, 2012 - 1:35 PM

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — A lawyer who has sued the state on behalf of women who say they were sexually abused in West Virginia jails says he's filed 11 lawsuits against a jail guard who is now behind bars.

Twenty-nine-year-old William Roy Wilson of Beckley was being held Friday on $75,000 bond in an isolation cell at the same Southern Regional jail where he had been working. He is charged with having sex with female inmates since May in exchange for cigarettes.

Jail Authority spokeswoman Ashley Bennett says an inmate brought up the allegations, and the authority did an internal investigation before giving the case to state police investigators.

She couldn't comment on whether similar allegations have been raised against Wilson before, saying authority lawyers weren't available.

But attorney Mike Woelfel says he has nine pending cases against Wilson. Two others were settled.