SANTA ANA — A pool hall manager suspected by police in a long string of sexual assaults and burglaries across Orange County pleaded innocent Friday to rape and a dozen other charges.
The prosecutor said it was unclear whether Kenneth G. Wade, 45, of Temecula would be charged with any more of the 86 incidents--including about 15 rapes--in which he was named a suspect after his arrest last month in Anaheim. That arrest came after he allegedly tried to rape one woman and expose himself to another.
Most of those incidents, which date to 1987, occurred before the statute of limitations expired and are beyond the reach of prosecutors, Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan McNerney said Friday.
Wade faces a rape charge stemming from an August, 1994, assault in Santa Ana and also is charged with a single count of penetration with a foreign object, nine burglaries, a vehicle theft and felony evading arrest.