Man re-indicted in 11-year-old rape and assault case

By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

A former Delaware County resident was indicted Friday by a Delaware County grand jury in connection with an 11-year-old case that had previously been dismissed.

Wesley Paul Hadsell, formerly of Delaware, was indicted Friday on two counts of rape, which are first-degree felonies; a charge of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; and a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Prosecutors said this case was a re-indictment from a 2005 case.

Court documents from the 2005 case indicate on Aug. 21, 2005, Hadsell restrained, raped and physically harmed a woman.

The case was prosecuted by then-county Prosecutor David Yost and then-assistant prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter and dismissed when Hadsell was indicted by the U.S. Attorney General’s office on robbery charges. He was reportedly sentenced to 54 months in jail for a bank robbery in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

An arraignment date for Hadsell has not yet been set in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

This is not Hadsell’s only ongoing criminal case, however.

According to Hampton Roads-based newspaper The Virginian-Pilot, Hadsell is currently awaiting a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to a charge of an illegal purchase of ammunition in November 2015. The Virginian-Pilot reports that despite being a convicted felon, Hadsell purchased Winchester .40-caliber and Luger 9mm ammunition in December 2013.

The Virginian-Pilot also reports Hadsell confessed to going to a gun range in Chesapeake, Virginia, and firing some of the ammo.

News outlets in Virginia report that Hadsell has been a suspect in the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell.

The Virginian-Pilot reports “AJ” Hadsell, was found dead in April 2015 near an abandoned home in Southampton County, Virginia. The cause was acute heroin poisoning, but the manner – whether it was accidental, suicide or homicide – is unknown, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

In addition to the federal case, The Virginian-Pilot reports Hadsell faces a state charge related to heroin recovered from his hotel room. According to The Virginian-Pilot, his attorney argues the drugs were found days later, after someone else had rented the room.

Hadsell Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @battishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @battishillDG.