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Arraignment postponed for Hagerstown man facing 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography

Randall Ray Waugh is accused of sexually assaulting at least 4 victims in latest charges

February 23, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The arraignment of a Washington County man indicted in Berkeley County in 1994 on 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography and related charges was postponed Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Randall Ray Waugh, 52, of Hagerstown, is accused of sexually assaulting a Bunker Hill, W.Va., boy dozens of times beginning in 1988, according to the indictment and Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.

The victim, who turned 9 that year, 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 has said.

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Chief Public Defender Deborah A. Lawson told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh Thursday that she only was able to speak with Games-Neely briefly about the case and said there are “hundreds and hundreds of pages” of evidence to review.

Lawson also told the court that she did not believe the case would be ready for trial by the time she retires this summer. She said she needs to find an attorney who could spend a month to six weeks on Waugh’s case.

Games-Neely was unable to attend Thursday’s hearing due to grand jury proceedings.

Groh rescheduled Waugh’s hearing for March 8. 

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.

Waugh, who is incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, was convicted in June 1994 in Maryland on second-degree sexual offense, according to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry.

He was indicted in Berkeley County in May 1994, court documents said.

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

The Waugh indictment could be the largest in the county’s history, the prosecutor has said.

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