DELBARTON – A Delbarton man has been arrested after allegedly harassing a 12 year old child over the course of several months.
Mike Robinette, 49 from Delbarton, was arrested Friday, March 10 after the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) investigated a matter involving a 12 year old victim.
According to a criminal complaint, between January 1, 2017 and March 9 2017, Robinette repeatedly harassed the young child by “wolf- whistling” as the child walked down the street or while the child was playing outside.
Wolf- whistling is defined by the Merriam- Webster dictionary as a distinctive two toned whistle sounded to express approval of another’s person’s appearance.
Since January, Robinette allegedly stared at the child for long periods of time while the child was outside playing and even attempted to entice the child into his residence to play video games causing the child to feel uncomfortable and fearful.
The day prior to the arrest, Robinette allegedly chased the child down the street while the child was walking their dog, as well as grunted and made other noises at the child.
A warrant for Robinette’s arrest was issued Thursday, March 9 and the warrant was executed by a state trooper the following day. Robinette was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate David Justice.
Harassment is considered a misdemeanor offense and is defined as repeatedly making credible threats against another.
Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.