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Sex assault trial of Md. man reset in W.Va.

August 23, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The trial for a Washington County man indicted in 1994 on 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography and related charges was reset Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court for Nov. 13 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder.

Randall Ray Waugh, 53, of Hagerstown 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.

Waugh’s trial was set to begin next Tuesday, but Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said the continuance was requested because a possible plea agreement was being discussed to resolve the case.

The case previously was delayed because Waugh was serving a prison sentence in Maryland for a similar case, Games-Neely has said.

Waugh was convicted in June 1994 in Maryland of 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.

Waugh was being held Thursday night in Eastern Regional Jail on a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

Games-Neely has said all of the victims police identified are still alive, but also noted that there were evidentiary issues given the amount of time that has passed.

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— Matthew Umstead

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