- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A 38-year-old former Augusta, Maine, man serving time on a federal child pornography conviction faces trial in state court later this month on 12 counts of gross sexual assaults against boys.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Wade R. Hoover, a former Lewiston martial arts instructor, was in court Friday, where he signed a waiver saying he could be tried before a single judge, rather than a jury.

Hoover was working as a veterans’ support coordinator at the Maine chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness when he was arrested in 2012 and charged with possessing sexually explicit materials. He’s now serving a 40-year federal sentence for producing and possessing child pornography.

He’s scheduled for trial starting Nov. 30 for the alleged sexual attacks on two boys.

Hoover is accused of raping a young boy in Augusta between Dec. 11, 2008, and Feb. 13, 2010, and another in The Forks in August of 2012.

Hoover appeared for Friday’s court hearing in street clothes rather than a prison uniform, but wore handcuffs attached to a leather belt around his waist.

Hoover said he understood his rights when questioned by Justice Donald Marden.

“Mr. Hoover made the election to waive a jury trial and proceed with a trial in front of a justice,” said his attorney, Scott Hess.

Hoover earlier had lost an appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in which he argued that the state charges duplicated the federal counts on which he had been convicted previously.

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