Hagerstown man pleads not guilty to 321 sex assault/pornography charges in Berkeley County

March 08, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Randall Ray Waugh
Randall Ray Waugh

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Washington County man indicted in 1994 on 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography and related charges pleaded not guilty to the allegations Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

A trial for Randall Ray Waugh, 52, of Hagerstown — who is accused of sexually assaulting a Bunker Hill, W.Va., boy dozens of times beginning in 1988 and three developmentally disabled males in the early 1990s — was scheduled for Aug. 28 during an arraignment hearing before 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh.

Acting on Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s recommendation, the judge set a $250,000 cash or surety bond for Waugh, who was incarcerated Thursday night in Eastern Regional Jail.

If Waugh is able to eventually post bond, Groh ordered that he not leave the state without permission from the probation office, have no contact with minors or the victims in the pending case, not work with elderly or handicapped people or be in places where minors are known to gather.

Waugh, who is being represented by public defender Joseph R. Whiteoak III, waived his right to have his trial scheduled in the current term of the court, which ends in May.

When discussing whether discovery evidence had been shared with Whiteoak, Games-Neely told the court that some audio tapes recorded years ago still had to be converted to digital format because of changes in technology.

After the hearing, Games-Neely said all of the victims police initially identified in the case are still alive.

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

Waugh 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.

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