CMPD: Former pro-skateboarder arrested on more sexual abuse charges
“There are potentially many more victims who deserve justice...”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Charlotte-area man was arrested again in relation to sexual abuse allegations dating back to 1993.
Wayne “Ray” Goff was arrested again May 2 at his home by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Mount Holly police.
Goff was arrested March 21 by CMPD and charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of sex offense with a child regarding the 1994 sexual assault of a 13-year-old.
He was placed under a $60,000 bond by CMPD.
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After his initial arrest, more allegations against Goff surfaced, leading to his May 2 arrest on 10 more warrants of indecent liberties.
“Disgusting, it’s absolutely disgusting,” said Molly Douglas, a neighbor of Wayne Ray Goff reacting to his arrest for sexually abusing children.
“I think you’re always shocked as a human being whether you’re a neighbor or not that someone would take advantage of an innocent child, especially someone with an expertise to share,” said Douglas.
A former professional skateboarder, officers say he used his role as a coach and mentor to sexually abuse children.
“He had a large following of young people that looked up to him, he coached and mentored many of these young kids and unfortunately he used those relationships and those connections to sexually assault many young juveniles,” said Lt. Jim Ivie, CMPD Special Victims Division.
Police and court documents show the incidents being investigated happened as early as 1992. The latest was in 2010. The accusers were between 7-years-old and 16-years-old at the time of the alleged crimes.
Misty James, a detective for CMPD Crimes Against Children Unit said, “none of the victims know each other, but they are all skaters, of the skateboard community here in Charlotte.”
So far, 8 people have come forward to CMPD, all boys with exception of one girl. “There are potentially many more victims who deserve justice for the heinous acts Mr. Goff committed,” a release stated.
Since the alleged crimes happened decades ago and there’s no physical evidence, police say it’ll be a tough case.
“We don’t have that benefit for this case, so it is building the case, working with evidence, listening to other victim’s stories and what happened to them to corroborate the evidence,” said Detective James.
Goff is being held without bond at this time.
Court officials told WBTV Goff appeared before a judge virtually Wednesday on 10 additional charges from this week.
According to court documents we obtained, Goff’s next court date is scheduled for June 6th in Superior Court.
This is an active investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.
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