A Webster County man has been charged after he sexually abused an 11-year-old kid, according to WDTV in Tioga, West Virginia.
According to a criminal complaint, on June 28, troopers conducted an interview at the Webster County Advocacy Center with an 11-year-old girl who said Samuel Cunningham, 26, of Tioga, had sexually abused her.
In the interview, the victim allegedly disclosed to troopers that on June 25, Cunningham had sexually abused her outside of a Tioga home.
Before compelling the victim to touch his privates and get sexually abused, Cunningham allegedly threatened to “get her a cell phone if she would stop yelling.”
Cunningham informed troopers on June 30 that the victim incited him to sexually abused the minor.
How Big Is The Problem of Children Getting Sexually Abused?
Many children wait or never report if they were sexually abused. As a result, the figures below are likely to underestimate the full scope of the problem. Although estimates differ between studies, the research shows:
- Child sexual abuse affects around 1 in every 4 females and 1 in every 13 boys in the United States.
- 91% of children being sexually abused is committed by someone known and trusted by the child or the child’s family members.
- In 2015, it was projected that the overall lifetime economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States was at least $9.3 billion.
Cunningham is accused of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual assault, and sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust to a child. A $50,000 bond has been set against his release from Central Regional Jail.