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Hagerstown man ordered to serve 13 to 55 years in sexual assaults

December 18, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Randall Ray Waugh
Randall Ray Waugh

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hagerstown man was ordered Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to serve prison sentences totaling 13 to 55 years for sexually assaulting a Bunker Hill, W.Va., boy and three physically and mentally disabled males in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Randall Ray Waugh, 53, was sentenced by 23rd Judicial Circuit John C. Yoder after the defendant pleaded guilty to six of the felony counts and no contest to three other felony charges in a plea and sentencing hearing.

Each of Waugh’s third-degree sexual assault convictions come with a prison sentence of not less than one nor more than five years behind bars, according to the plea agreement. A five- to 15-year sentence was ordered for the remaining sexual assault conviction, according to court documents.

The remaining charges in the 321-count indictment that was returned against Waugh in 1994 were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Waugh was fined $4,500 by Yoder and is required to register for life as a sexual offender and will be supervised for the remaining years of his life as a sexual offender, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.

The state also to sought to have Waugh deemed a “predator” because of the number of specific charges filed against him and the background and number of victims.

Berkeley County’s prosecution of Waugh was delayed because he was serving a prison sentence in Maryland for a sexual conviction that was similar to Berkeley County’s case, Games-Neely has said.

Waugh was convicted in Maryland of second-degree sexual assault and possession of child pornography, Games-Neely said Tuesday.

In Waugh’s hearing Tuesday, Games-Neely told the court that the sexual assault of the boy began when he was 3 or 4, resumed when he was 7 or 8 and continued until his 14th birthday.

The sexual contact with the disabled males occurred while Waugh was working in group homes for disabled individuals over a six-year period in Berkeley and Washington counties, according to Games-Neely.

Games-Neely said the one victim and family representatives of the disabled individuals approved of the plea agreement.

None of the disabled victims’ family members spoke at Tuesday’s hearing. Games-Neely told the court that the one victim, who now is an adult, requested “not to relive this.”

Games-Neely has said rule changes concerning admissibility of evidence have changed since the case was filed and she indicated that was an underlying factor in the plea agreement proposed.

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

Though nearly 20 years have passed since Waugh’s indictment, Games-Neely said they still had sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

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