UPDATE 10/26/12 @ Noon
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The head of the Regional Jail Authority says that when a guard accused of sexual misconduct can collect severance pay behind bars, it's time to overhaul the system.
Director Joe DeLong says West Virginia needs a better way to deal with correctional officers accused of breaking the law, and he will work with legislators on how to suspend and terminate them.
The Associated Press says 29-year-old William Roy Wilson, of Beckley, collected a $3,100 severance check while sitting behind bars at the Southern Regional Jail on charges that he had sexually abused three female inmates.
Wilson also faces multiple civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct at the jail. Two were settled out of court.
But state law currently requires that terminated employees be paid severance within 15 days.
William Roy Wilson II, 39, of Beckley, W.Va., was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of imposition of sexual acts on persons under supervision.
Wilson is accused of exchanging cigarettes for sexual favors from three female inmates.
He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.