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Ex-Goldsboro firefighter accused of rape

Posted August 26, 2010

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— A Goldsboro firefighter was let go from his job Thursday after being accused of rape, according to police.

Police said that a 55-year-old woman filed a report of a sexual assault Thursday.

Donnell Devise Hamilton Sr., 48, of 1711 Rose St., was arrested on one count of second-degree rape.

Hamilton's position with the Goldsboro Fire Department was then terminated, police said. He had been employed by the department for 15 years.

He was placed in the Wayne County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond.

Court records show that Hamilton was charged with soliciting a prostitute in 2004. He pleaded not guilty, was granted a prayer for judgment and was ordered to pay $100 in court costs.


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  • postcorvette Aug 26, 2010

    when i first read this story i saw that he was fired, not put on paid leave, in the past, i have seen white boys put on paid leave for crimes that was't proven until their was more investigation. why is this case any different. why are black men fired. I was told and i learn that a man is innocent until proven guilty. This is another sad situation of racial profilling. It is so obvious that you people that have control you are racist or you are unfair.

  • kim19 Aug 26, 2010

    I hope there is more to the story is the reason why he was fired because ANYONE can be ACCUSED of anything. Accused to me is the key word here I'm one of those that believe the innocent until proven guilty NOT the other way around. I've seen people be accused of something and they are innocent and how it affects their life and others and how hard it is to prove your innocence. I'm not saying this guy isn't guilty but it hasn't been proven yet.

  • KT6596 Aug 26, 2010

    Keneds is absolutly correct! No one entity is more guilty of filling quotas than the Fire Dept. It's all about being politically correct and making the Department look good. The job is no longer about integrity, honor, and self-sacrifice. The poor leadership of our nations fire departments and the political involvement of local officials has ruined this once honored career.

  • ncmedic201 Aug 26, 2010

    Sugarplum, he has been with the department for 15 years so please do explain how you "understand" keneds point.

  • dldobbins Aug 26, 2010

    I feel like we don't have the right to cast judgment. It is obvious to me that there is more to this story. You don't get fired from your job based on an accusation. Just because he solicited a prostitute in 2004 doesn't mean that he raped anybody.

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Aug 26, 2010

    I'm with you nagreene....so sad that people add fuel to this fire that is already way out of control. Things will never change and its the ones pointing te finger that are to blame.

  • sunneyone Aug 26, 2010

    "Being a firefighter myself ( and not from Wayne county ) this guy has no clue to what a firefighter is....it was just a job for him.This is going to tick some of you off Im sure but this is clasic example of racial balance in the work place" -keneds
    Right, because you MUST be a certain race to be uber dedicated to the job? /sarcasm

    "Actually it makes perfect sense. I understand the point the keneds it making." - Golo-SierraUniformXray

    And what point is THAT?

    There are all types of people in the services. People using to get ahead, people who are dedicated to helping others, people who just use it for money (Lord aren't there easier ways to make and easy buck?), people who are in it for the status symbol.
    That's across all races. It's pretty universal.
    The statement is ignorant.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Aug 26, 2010

    I understand keneds point as well. Hire someone to meet a number not because he/she is qualified. Is that it, keneds? If I'm wrong, let me know.

  • nagreene Aug 26, 2010

    lol @ people bringing Rev Barber into ever story because the suspect is black! love it! Racism alive and kicking in 2010!!
    Tired of thoughtlessness

    Yep and it will continue until the end of time.

  • nagreene Aug 26, 2010

    Being a firefighter myself ( and not from Wayne county ) this guy has no clue to what a firefighter is....it was just a job for him.This is going to tick some of you off Im sure but this is clasic example of racial balance in the work place

    Kind of disappointing to read such a comment coming from someone who is a firefighter. Glad your identity isn't exposed because your fellow colleagues (especially the black, hispanic etc.) would be hurt to know how you really feel about them.