• 77°

Wager waives arraignment on recent charges

SALISBURY — A former Catawba College soccer coach waived arraignment on three charges Monday morning that he molested children while employed at the school more than two decades ago.
Ralph Wager was served in November with three new counts of felony indecent liberties with children, stemming from alleged incidents from June 1990 to July 1990.
Authorities said the new charges involve a different victim. Deputies said he was 13 at the time.
Wager’s attorney, Darren Jordan, was in Rowan County Superior Court Monday, but Wager waived the formal reading of his charges and did not appear.
The 69-year-old was originally arrested in July and charged with nine counts of felony sex offenses. In those charges, investigators said, the alleged victim went to officers after searching online for the former coach.
When the man learned Wager was still coaching youth soccer in Charlotte, deputies said, he called law enforcement.
Wager has been free since posting a $400,000 bond in August. After being served at the Magistrate’s Office on Nov. 8 for the new charges, Wager posted an additional $150,000.
During a bond hearing in August, prosecutors said new evidence showed Wager was accused of inappropriately touching two others while on campus from 1987 to 1990.
Assistant District Attorney Seth Banks said a soccer player who attended on-campus camps during the 1980s told detectives Wager would come into his room while he was asleep and give him massages.
The boy “would describe them as inappropriate,” Banks said.

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest

Local

Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction

Business

Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured

Education

Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12

Local

Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September

Lifestyle

Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers

Education

Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners

Business

Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs

Columns

Amy-Lynn Albertson: Arts and Ag Farm Tour set for June 5

High School

High school baseball: Mustangs top Falcons on strength of hurlers

Business

Biz Roundup: Application process now open for Rowan Chamber’s 29th Leadership Rowan class

Sports

Keith Mitchell leads McIlroy, Woodland by 2 at Quail Hollow

Nation/World

States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

Nation/World

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

News

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting

Coronavirus

People receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine grows by less than 1%

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools brings Skills Rowan competition back to its roots

Business

Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City

Sports

Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow

Business

Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh

Nation/World

California population declines for first time