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Hagerstown man indicted in 1994 on 321 sexual assault counts, pornography to be arraigned in W.Va.

Randall Ray Waugh is accused of sexually assaulting Bunker Hill, W.Va., boy, disabled males

February 09, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 52-year-old man indicted in 1994 on 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography and related charges is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 23 in Berkeley County Circuit Court, Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday.

Randall Ray Waugh of Hagerstown is accused of sexually assaulting a Bunker Hill, W.Va., boy dozens of times beginning in 1988, according to the indictment and Games-Neely. The victim turned 9 that year and was sexually assaulted in subsequent years before Waugh’s indictment, according to court documents and Games-Neely.

Waugh also is accused of sexually assaulting three developmentally disabled males in the early 1990s, but only 10 of the charges contained in the indictment pertain to Waugh’s alleged contact with them, according to the indictment.

Waugh allegedly crawled into bed with the individuals and molested them while employed as a care worker for them, Games-Neely said.

The prosecution of Waugh in Berkeley County was delayed because he had been serving a prison sentence in Maryland for a similar case there, Games-Neely said.

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Waugh was convicted in June 1994 in Maryland on sexual offense in the second degree, according to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry. He was indicted in Berkeley County in May 1994, court documents said.

A detainer was filed to prevent Waugh’s release from custody in Maryland after he completed his prison sentence, and he was extradited to West Virginia, Games-Neely said.

Waugh, who waived extradition, was booked at Eastern Regional Jail on Dec. 28, according to jail records and Games-Neely.

There is no statute of limitations on the prosecution of felony charges in West Virginia, Games-Neely said.

Yet given the age of the indictment, Games-Neely said her office now must dig up old files and evidence to determine what is available to prosecute Waugh. The case against Waugh was investigated by West Virginia State Police, Games-Neely said.

“We’ve got to go back and find out what we have,” Games-Neely said.

She was not sure if the disabled individuals were still alive as of Thursday. 

Games-Neely, who was appointed to serve as county prosecuting attorney in December 1993, said the Waugh indictment could be the largest in the county’s history.

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