Man Accused Of Raping Teenage Family Friend

A 29-year-old man is facing multiple rape charges after his arrest Wednesday.

Halifax County deputies say Douglas Smith of Scotland Neck is charged with statutory rape of a 14-year-old, two counts of statutory rape of a 15-year-old and statutory sex offense with a 15-year-old.

Deputies say the girl was raped by Smith, who they say was a long-time family friend, several times over the past seven months.

Smith turned himself in to Scotland Neck police after learning there were warrants out for him. His bond had been set at $50,000.


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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jul 18, 2009 at 10:39 PM
    Just as an FYI, the word "statutory" as a prefix to rape is a sneaky way of saying "technically" or "legally". It's almost always a way of saying the sex was consensual, but due to the age of one of the participants, it's classified as rape due to the law, otherwise it would just be rape or, more commonly, sexual assault. I'm not saying that makes it right, especially in this day and age when girls in their teens are going after older men, lie about their age, and look 5 years older than they really are. And it's usually the parents, not the minor, making the complaint, usually against the wishes of the minor. I'm just saying we don't have the whole story. And please don't misunderstand, I'm not unsympathetic to victims, I just see clever wording and realize what is and isn't being said. And I hate perverts like nobody's business, don't get me started on the pedophile resort WITN covered last month...
  • by the rookie Location: gvegas on Jul 17, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    to BC>>>> "sure you are innocent until proven guilty but NOT when a child is involved...the accused should have to prove their innocence!"
  • by paul Location: kinston on Jul 17, 2009 at 02:40 AM
    WITN,do you know the source of the word "scumbag"?Hardly an acceptable term on an open forum...quite profane .
  • by bc Location: enc on Jul 16, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    I thought you are innocent until proven guilty.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 16, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    WITN, what was wrong with my comment? I didn't suggest vigilante violence. I just said that's what this scumbag deserves.
  • by steve Location: greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    Make it stop? Humans cannot be re-programmed, there will always be hate, murder, and crime. A tiger is a tiger.
  • by enc Location: enc on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    what in the world is happening to our society. make it stop...
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