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Convicted rapist charged for Facebook account

Posted October 19, 2011

— A convicted rapist is accused of using Facebook to get women to have sex with him, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Acting on an anonymous tip, investigators determined that Rodney Alexander "Pooney" Williams, 34, of Littleton, had set up an account on the social networking site, Detective Joe Puhak said. He said investigators also found that Williams hadn't registered a new address within three days of moving, as required under the state sex offender law.

Williams was charged with using a social website as a sex offender and failing to report a change of address by a sex offender. He was given a $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.

It's the third time Williams has been charged with failing to report a change of address since July 2010, Puhak said.

Williams was convicted of breaking into a 19-year-old woman's house and raping her in 1995, according to North Carolina Sex Offender Registry records. He spent nearly eight years in prison on those charges, along with convictions for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and larceny from a person.

He was charged in 2008 with kidnapping and strangling a woman and violating his probation for drug charges, but he was convicted only of assault on a female, according to state Department of Correction records. He served 17 months for the conviction and probation violations.


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  • Mark Hayes Oct 19, 2011

    We have more advocasy groups that will get the attention of our legal system making demands that the criminals in this country are not treated fairly yet the victims are always left to fend for themselves,when we stop giving these groups a forum to make their unjustified request or demands that tie up our legal system then maybe these judges will not fear sending these guys off for a longer period of time.

  • boogerntcsmom Oct 19, 2011

    Ok. We have a sex offender with repeat violations and all we do is charge him and set bail. What needs to be done is this man should go straight back to prison not put back out on the street where he will probably commit another violation and possible do serious harm to someone. What does it take to get this state and the judicial system to see that the system is broken and needs serious repair? I pray he doesn't hurt someone because our judicial system feels that he can be trusted to be back out on the streets.

  • tasorr Oct 19, 2011

    We truly have a messed up justice system! My brother is in Prison for NON-Violent crimes (stealing cars folks leave running at stores) so far 8 of 12-15yrs now I am not saying he does not deserve to pull time but when they let Rapist and Murders out well before this time I have a hard time with it I mean these people are HURTING people and getting just a hand slap!

  • Mark Hayes Oct 19, 2011

    With the number of repeat offenders being caught for the same type crimes again and again,either the sentences are not strict enough or the criminals are not able to be rehabilitated and should not be released back into society,if the cost of incarcerating is the problem then maybe cutting back on the amenities they receive in prison should be taken away,because when they get out on this catch and release program they have no fear of a return to what they have grown accutomed to in prison.

  • Gnathostomata Oct 19, 2011

    When people commit heinous crimes against others in society, they should forfeit all *rights* afforded to society. If we have the capability to track packages we should be able to put a tag on repeat offenders and track them. And the victim should have the right to determine the amount of time a perpetrator should be given, not the judge. Judges should ensure the trial is conducted correctly, but if found guilty, victims should impose the sentence.

  • goforth4pack Oct 19, 2011

    He hurts women repeatedly. This is one of those guys that winds up killing someone when he should have been locked up for the first offense in the first place! Get with it, judicial system!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Oct 19, 2011

    Eight years is not enough for rape. That is disgusting and shameful for our legal system that many non-violent drug offenders spend more time in prison than someone who breaks into a woman's home and violently assaults her. I'm sure her emotional scars last a lot longer than eight years.
    Diva RN
    October 19, 2011 3:31 p.m.
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    Good point. My uncle got 9 years for 6 oz of cocaine. Thats just as bad or worse than raping a women I guess. Its not like he broke in and forced someone to buy drugs. IT WAS MUTUAL. Rape is not mutual. Crimes against our liberties are much worse than any drug crime.

  • VT1994Hokie Oct 19, 2011

    He doesn't deserve to be among all of us in society. He will not stop until he succeeds again. Put him away for a long time.

  • iron fist Oct 19, 2011

    He is/was wrong but women should not be meeting me online there is no way to know anything about the person by whats posted on a computer

  • beachboater Oct 19, 2011

    Sounds like this guy is a three time loser PLUS!!!!!!!

    Doesn't seem like he can keep his britches on, and can't follow the provisions of his release.

    Put him away and lose the key. Or sent him to Iraq, Afganistan, or Mexico.