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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2012
The arraignment of a Washington County man indicted in Berkeley County in 1994 on 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography and related charges was postponed Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Randall Ray Waugh, 52, of Hagerstown, is accused of sexually assaulting a Bunker Hill, W.Va., boy dozens of times beginning in 1988, according to the indictment and Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely. The victim, who turned 9 that year, was sexually assaulted in subsequent years before Waugh's indictment, according to court documents and Games-Neely.
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January 14, 2011
Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County have charged an Adams County man with sexually assaulting a boy in 1998-99 and again in 2008. Curtis Bryner, 38, of Gettysburg, Pa., has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children, criminal coercion, indecent assault, indecent exposure, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, police said. Bryner, who is in the Adams County Jail, was arraigned on the charges on Jan. 7, and his bail was set at $50,000, police said.
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April 12, 2012
A man wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on allegations of sexually assaulting children in Pennsylvania may be frequenting the Hagerstown area, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Shawn Fake, 42, no address given, is wanted on warrants from York, Pa., a  sheriff's office news release said. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call Deputy U.S. Marshal Philip Lewis at 717-943-2088.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2011
A former custodian at Hedgesville High School is accused of sexual assaulting an 18-year-old woman this summer while the school was being cleaned, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Kenneth Weigle, 64, 555 Mauve Road, Hedgesville, retired from Berkeley County Public Schools on Aug. 16 as a result of the allegations, school officials said Friday. Weigle was arraigned Friday by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of sexual abuse by a person of trust and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court records.
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January 21, 2012
The Frederick Police Department was investigating an alleged sexual assault Thursday night in the parking lot of the Seventh Street Shopping Center. A woman was in the parking lot removing items from her vehicle at 6 p.m. when a man came up behind her and rubbed her outer thigh and waist, police said. When the woman turned around, the man grabbed her by the throat, told her not to scream, and then turned and walked away, police said. The man was white, and wearing a Carhartt jacket and dirty work boots, police said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 25, 2011
A 52-year-old Martinsburg area man arraigned Friday is accused of sexually assaulting a female neighbor while she slept last month, according to Berkelely County Magistrate Court documents. Joseph Lee Stephens Sr., of 137 Energy Drive, Martinsburg was charged with second-degree sexual assault by Berkeley County Sheriff's Lt. B.F. Hall,  court records said. In the arraignment hearing, Magistrate Joan V. Bragg set a $20,000 bond for Stephens, who also was wanted by authorities for failure to appear in Berkeley County Circuit Court on an unrelated felony case.
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July 23, 2012
A 29-year-old Martinsburg man was found guilty Friday of second-degree sexual assault and assault during the commission of a felony in the violent rape of a woman in July 2011 in Martinsburg. A Berkeley County jury found Ricky Darnell Webster not guilty of a second count of second-degree sexual assault, according to court documents. Webster, who is scheduled to be sentenced in October, faces a possible sentence of not less than 10 and not more than 25 years in prison for the second-degree assault conviction, and a two- to 10-year prison sentence for the assault during the commission of a felony conviction, documents stated.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 24, 2013
A Hagerstown man is accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl and physically abusing two boys ages 8 and 11, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. James Eugene Anderson III, 19, of 310 Jonathan St., was arraigned Friday by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one felony count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of battery, according to court documents. Anderson was being held Friday at Eastern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond, according to court and jail records.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2012
The trial for a 56-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a pastor's son is set to begin today in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Ronald Dewayne Smith, who was previously convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing a Jefferson County boy in the mid-1970s, now faces allegations that he assaulted a preteen boy in 2002. Smith was indicted in May 2011 on two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual assault third degree in the most recent case. The latest sexual allegations surfaced in December 2010, after the victim and his family moved out of the Martinsburg area, according to court records.
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March 26, 1998
Man sentenced in sexual assault CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was sentenced to 41/2 to 12 years in state prison on sexual assault charges involving a teenage girl. Donald James Mellott, 40, of 9696 Circle Drive, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court by Judge John Walker. Court records stated Mellott pleaded no contest in February to indecent assault and two counts of corruption of a minor. All of the incidents involved the same girl and occurred between October 1996 and March 1997, according to court records.
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