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Durham police sergeant charged with sexual assault

Posted April 8, 2011
Updated April 11, 2011

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— A 15-year veteran of the Durham Police Department is facing sexual assault and kidnapping charges for crimes that allegedly occurred while he was on duty.

Sgt. Lester Rhodes, 42, was arrested Friday afternoon after an internal investigation into a complaint lodged on April 3, Durham police said. 

According to an arrest warrant, Rhodes is accused of kidnapping a Hispanic man, taking him somewhere against his will and sexually assaulting him on April 3.

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Rhodes was charged with first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping. He was placed in the Durham County jail and given a $1.2 million bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday.

Rhodes, who joined the Durham Police Department in February 1996 and works in the Patrol Bureau, has been placed on paid administrative leave, a police department spokeswoman said.


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  • pinktoe28 Apr 11, 2011

    I am praying for you......you are still an outstanding man in my eyes.......innocent until proven guilty.....we got your back!!!!!!!

  • DurhamGirl2001 Apr 11, 2011

    Whether he did it or not my prayers are with him during this time.

  • boneymaroney13 Apr 8, 2011

    As a retired officer I feel for Lester. Did it or not, the stigma has been attached.

  • gdelliott43 Apr 8, 2011

    Things that make you go ummmmmmmm!

  • boneymaroney13 Apr 8, 2011

    My, my,my, my, my, my..........

  • Apotheosis Apr 8, 2011

    Lester, Lester...

  • bombayrunner Apr 8, 2011

    Nothing is getting posted here ... dont even say cops are bad.