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Wheeling man arrested for rape

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Wheeling man is facing serious charges after being arrested on charges of rape, and law enforcement is continuing to investigate.

On Wednesday, Belmont County Sheriff Office detectives arrested Robert Eugene Wilson, 50, of Eoff Street, Wheeling after an arrest warrant was signed by Judge Trouten of the Eastern Division Court. Wilson is charged with felony rape of a child younger than 10.

Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas said his detectives were contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and given a tip that led to this arrest. Wilson is being held without bond in the Belmont County Jail.

According to a release from Lucas, evidence uncovered in this case was “particularly graphic and indicative of a sexual predator with more than one victim.” Lucas is asking the public to contact the Sheriff’s Office if they have any information related to this case.

The Belmont County Prosecutor’s Office is also reviewing this investigation and may file additional charges. If convicted, Wilson is facing life without parole.

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