Bond revoked, trial delayed in sexual assault case

The trial of a 64-year-old man accused of having sexual intercourse with a 6-year-old child was rescheduled in Randolph County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Special prosecuting attorney Ray LaMora told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday that the trial of Edward Slaubaugh was pushed back from March 27-28 to May 22 and May 24. LaMora said the defense asked for additional time to prepare for the trial and “to be in negotiations on a possible plea agreement.”

Attorney James Hawkins is representing Slaubaugh in the case.

In November 2012, Slaubaugh was indicted on one felony count of first-degree sexual assault, one felony count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one felony count of first-degree sexual abuse. According to the indictment, Slaubaugh allegedly had sexual intercourse with the victim and forced the victim to engage in a lewd sexual act on Sept. 17, 2011.

The child was 5 years old at the time the alleged incidents occurred.

On Monday, Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong revoked Slaubaugh’s bond and placed him on GPS-monitored home confinement.

LaMora said Slaubaugh violated a term of his bond that forbids him from having any contact with anyone under the age of 18 in early February.

“He had attended an Elkins First Church of the Nazarene youth group-sponsored Super Bowl party, basically,” LaMora said, “and he attended knowing there were children there.”

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