Substitute teacher arrested on sexual abuse charge

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POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A substitute teacher at a school in Mason County has been arrested on sexual abuse charges.

Douglas Allen Wetsch, 56, of Point Pleasant, worked at the Mason County School For Success, according to Mason County Schools Superintendent Jack Cullen.

"The substitute teacher has been removed at this time," Cullen said. "We are cooperating with the ongoing investigation at this time. We are also protecting the rights of the students and staff involved."

The chief of the Point Pleasant Police Department said officers arrested the staff member Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged crime happened on Saturday, Dec. 1. Wetsch is accused of "sexually" touching a male victim in an inappropriate area while performing a sexual act on himself.

Investigators say the victim was "incapacitated" from alcohol. He told officers he did not give Wetsch permission or consent to touch him in a sexual way.

There was a witness, according to the criminal complaint.

A judge set the suspect's bond at $250,000.

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