A Maiden man was found guilty of seven sex offenses against children from 1986 to 2002 during Catawba County Superior Court Friday.
According to a press release from 36th District Attorney Scott Reilly’s office, Rickey Dale Waldrop Sr. was found guilty of first-degree rape, two counts of statutory sex offense, first degree sex offense and three counts of taking indecent liberties with children.
The 57-year-old was sentenced to 117-140 years in prison by Superior Court Judge George C. Bell. Waldrop will be incarcerated at the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections, according to the release.
Four people testified to years of sexual abuse by Waldrop. While allegations of neglect and physical abuse were reported, each victim was not aware of any sexual abuse suffered by their siblings until coming forward in 2013 to report the crimes to law enforcement, the release said.
The trial, which began on May 28, was concluded following closing arguments on Thursday. The jury reached their decision around 11:30 a.m. Friday.
“I want to thank the victims in this case for coming forward, and the Catawba County Sheriff’s [Office] for their hard work and dedication to this case,” District Attorney Scott Reilly said in response to the verdict. “What these victims did was difficult and courageous. I hope this case serves as an example to others suffering from the effects of sexual abuse that it’s OK to come forward, and if we can, we want to fight for you. It’s never too late to speak up.”
Capt. Aaron Turk of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases and was assisted by Inv. Russell Boger, Chief Deputy Brian Kelly and Maiden Police Lt. Tyler Whisenant. Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert handled the prosecution for the state with assistance from District Attorney Legal Assistant Tiffani Parker.