Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 4, 2013

Mercer County man pleads guilty to second-degree sexual assault

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Matoaka-area man pleaded guilty this afternoon to charges of sexual assault second-degree and sexual abuse first-degree in connection with an 11-year-old girl who had been under his care.

Wilbur Lee Hess Sr., 53, of Matoaka appeared for a plea hearing before Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler. Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said Hess had been the girl’s guardian. She complained in April 2012 that Hess had been “contacting her sexually,” he said.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 17. Hess is being held at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.