Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

March 19, 2008

Man pleads guilty to child-porn charges

No prison time for Charles Eric Waugh

Ashland — An Ashland man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boyd Circuit Court to downloading child pornography from the Internet.

Charles Eric Waugh, 27, of the 3100 block of Woodlawn Avenue, entered guilty pleas to five counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performances by minors.

Under the terms of his plea bargain, Waugh will not have to serve prison time, provided he stays out of trouble and completes a sex offender treatment program.

Waugh, whose trial had been scheduled to begin on Monday, agreed to accept a five-year sentence, on the condition he be allowed to serve it on probation.

Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice said he agreed to probation in the case because Waugh had no prior criminal history and because of the defendant’s willingness to undergo sex offender treatment.

The treatment program takes two years to complete. It is the same course the state mandates sex offenders who are sent to prison to complete before they can be considered for parole, Justice said.

“It’s a pretty tough program,” he said.

Waugh also will have to register as a sex offender for 20 years, beginning after he completes the program, Justice said. He will also have to comply with various regulations for sex offenders, including being prohibited from living within 1,000 yards of a school.

Waugh was indicted after Kentucky State Police at Ashland served a search warrant at his home in December 2006.

According to Justice, Waugh’s illegal Internet activity was first noticed by the FBI office in Oklahoma City, which notified the bureau’s Louisville office. The Louisville office, in turn, contacted the KSP.

The KSP’s Electronic Crimes Unit plumbed the hard drive of Waugh’s computer and found he had attempted to erase some of the images but that they were still there, Justice said. Investigators also found evidence to indicate there was “no doubt” that Waugh had downloaded the pictures intentionally, he said.

The images were all of boys younger than 16, Justice said.

Judge Marc I. Rosen scheduled Waugh’s final sentencing for May 23 to allow time for him to complete a pre-evaluation for the sex offender treatment program.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.













1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0420singer2web.jpg Young Johnson singer strives for ‘tears of joy'

    Marlana VanHoose says she was humming “Jesus Loves Me” before she could even talk.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Second trial delay sought

    The lead attorney for Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley has requested his client’s trial date be pushed back again.

    April 20, 2014

  • Accelerating the positive

    One thing Sherry Jacobs knows about herself is she is not a quitter.

    April 20, 2014

  • Bike season in full swing

    A recent short cold spell didn’t keep kept cyclists from venturing outdoors to explore the new bike trails snaking through Greenup County.

    April 20, 2014

  • What's happening: 4/21/14

    Fan Fest, an open house at King’s Daughters Medical center’s Specialties Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Marshall Orthopaedics, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at offices in Suite G30 of Medical Plaza B, 613 23rd St.

    April 20, 2014

  • Crime victims’ group to host conference

    Kentucky Voices for Victims of Crime, an advocacy organization for those who have suffered at the hands of criminals, will have its annual memorial conference next week.
     

    April 20, 2014

  • Boyd FFA to have test drive fundraiser

    The Boyd County FFA Chapter will have a test-drive fundraiser at Superior Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Ashland from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the National FFA Organization in support of local FFA chapter leadership programs.
     

    April 20, 2014

  • newwendy1.jpg Ashland woman develops pregnancy journals for mom, dad

    An Ashland woman has a way of helping parents everywhere.
    Wendy Sparks, 47, wrote The journals, which are for parents to keep for themselves and their children during pregnancy.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0420eggs0051.jpg Acres and acres of eggs

    A dozen volunteers spent the morning Saturday scattering more than 6,000 plastic eggs around the Greenup County Farm Bureau’s 10-acre field Saturday morning.
     

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Volunteers to pack thousands of meals for hungry Haitians

    Members of the First Baptist Church in Grayson are planning for the third year in a row to pack thousands of meals for starving people in Haiti, and they need help to do it.
     

    April 19, 2014