UPDATE: WV Correctional officer facing more than 600 counts of child sex charges appears in court


UPDATE(Nov. 18 4:05 p.m.)

James Cain made his first appearance in court Monday, in front of Harrison County Magistrate Mark Gorby. At the appearance, Cain waived his preliminary hearing so that he could obtain an attorney.

James Cain in front of Magis. Mark Gorby

Cain who was originally being held in the North Central Regional Jail, is now listed as being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

ORIGINAL STORY(Nov. 14, 2019 1:14 p.m.)

SALEM, W.Va. – A West Virginia correctional officer is facing more than 600 counts of various sex charges after West Virginia State Police said he assaulted a young girl over a four year period.

James Cain

James Cain, 48 of Salem, began sexually assaulting the girl when she was nine and continued until she was 13, state troopers said. Troopers collected several pieces of physical evidence at a home where the crimes are alleged to have occurred, according to court documents. While being interviewed by investigators, Cain also admitted to sexually assaulting the victim, according to his criminal complaints. Cain also took photos of the victim while she was naked, troopers allege.

Cain is charged with 104 counts of first degree sexual assault; 208 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child; 104 counts of third degree sexual assault; 208 counts of incest; and charges of use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct and sending, distributing, exhibiting, possessing, displaying or transporting material by a parent, guardian or custodian depicting a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Cain has been a correctional officer for the last 15 years, according to officials. He was most recently stationed at the Salem Correctional Facility, where he held the rank of lieutenant. Correctional officials stressed to 12 News that Cain’s alleged crimes did not happen at work.

Cain is being held in the North Central Regional Jail, with bail set at $600,000.

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