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Man who sexually assaulted pastor's son ineligible for parole for 21 years

June 19, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Ronald Dewayne Smith
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 56-year-old man sentenced Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting a pastor’s son in 2002 is expected to serve 21 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole.

Ronald Dewayne Smith was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to serve two, 10- to 20-year prison sentences along with a 1- to 5-year prison term consecutively, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.

Smith was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and one count of third-degree sexual assault in a jury trial in April.

Upon completion of the prison sentence, Smith will be placed on supervised release for 50 years, according to Jones.

Smith also was ordered to pay counseling costs of the victim in the case, register as a convicted sex offender and undergo testing for HIV, according to Jones.

Smith was convicted of abusing and assaulting the pastor’s preteen son on Aug. 18 and 19, 2002, according to Jones.

Smith was previously convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing a 10-year-old Jefferson County boy in 1976, Jones had said.

The latest sexual abuse allegations surfaced in December 2010, after the victim and his family moved out of the Martinsburg area, according to court records.

The victims in both cases indicated they knew Smith as “Tim” and described similar sexual encounters with the defendant, according to testimony given in the case and court documents.

The victim in the 2002 case told a State Police trooper that he met Smith at a church camp in Pennsylvania while his father was pastor of a church in Berkeley County, according to court records.
 
Smith, who is incarcerated in Eastern Regional Jail, was living in Chicago prior to his arrest on the 2002 allegations.

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