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Child-sex case moved to Circuit Court

January 05, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — A judge Thursday moved the case of a Hagerstown man accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl to Washington County Circuit Court after a preliminary hearing.

Wayde Andrew Smith Jr., 21, whose last known address was on Fair Oaks Court, appeared before Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas on charges of second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and sex abuse of a minor, according to court records.

A relative of the girl contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 3 to report a possible sexual assault, according to the application for statement of charges said.

The girl, who was interviewed by Child Protective Services two days later, told investigators Smith had inappropriate contact with her on several occasions, the charging documents said.

The incidents allegedly occurred between January and August 2011, the documents said.

Smith, who was charged on Dec. 6, was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday, a jail official said.

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