MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — After four hours of deliberation, a Berkeley County Circuit Court jury Thursday found a 56-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting a pastor’s son in 2002, court officials said.
Ronald Dewayne Smith, who was previously convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing a Jefferson County boy in 1976, was found guilty Thursday of two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and one count of third-degree sexual assault.
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced June 18 by presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.
Smith faces a maximum of 21 to 45 years in prison, Jones said.
“Based on this, I know he’s not going to hurt any more children,” Jones said after the trial.
Smith was convicted of abusing and assaulting the pastor’s then preteen son on Aug. 18 and 19, 2002, according to Jones.
The victim in the 1976 incident was 10 at the time, Jones said.