West Virginia father and son who repeatedly raped two girls in their family over a decade charged with incest

38-year-old Nathaniel Keiling and his 73-year-old father, Francis Keiling, were arrested for reportedly raping two young girls over a decade


                            West Virginia father and son who repeatedly raped two girls in their family over a decade charged with incest

WYOMING COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA: A father and son duo have been arrested only months apart and charged with a combined total of 216 counts of incest, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of two young girls in their family. 

38-year-old Nathaniel Keiling was arrested on October 21 for reportedly raping two young girls over a decade. Keiling was booked into the Southern Regional Jail with 20 counts of first-degree sexual assault, incest and sexual assault by a parent or a guardian.

The two girls had told the investigators that Keiling and his father, Francis Keiling, 73, had raped two of them on a daily basis over ten years, reported WOAY

Francis was arrested on August 25 on 52 counts of first-degree sexual assault, sexual abuse by a parent of a guardian and incest.

As per court documents obtained by WVVA, one of the victims had come forward after Francis raped her three times in 24 hours in the basement at Francis De Sales Church in Beckley, West Virginia in May this year. 

Father Paul Wharton of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley released a statement in response to the allegations of possible abuse that took place at his church. He said, "The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston was deeply saddened to learn today of the alleged abuse of a minor by Francis Keiling. Although one of the instances of alleged abuse purportedly occurred on church property, at no time was Francis Keiling an employee or volunteer at either St. Francis de Sales Parish or School in Beckley". 

One of the victims also revealed that she was forced to share a small hospital bed with Francis and, if she tried to sleep alone, he would follow her and get into bed with her. Both the Keilings are being held on a 100,000 bond each. 

Francis Keiling has a criminal record in Florida and had been arrested in 2000 on a domestic violence charge. According to his Facebook page, he has three grown children and three grandchildren.

Authorities have not revealed any details about the relationship the victims shared with their abusers.