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Mom, friends support Green Hope student accused of rape

Posted February 14

Dominik Orlando Soto

— A he said, she said story played out Tuesday afternoon in a Wake County courtroom.

Dominik Orlando Soto, 17, of 6608 Holly Springs Road in Raleigh, is charged with attempted rape and assault after a girl told police that he pulled her to the ground, pinned her and choked her.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita showed photos of red marks and bruises on the girl's neck in asking that Soto's bond be kept on the high end. She also asked that he be banned from contact with his alleged 18-year-old victim, who, she said, fears retaliation.

"I will tell you that she is nervous," Shekita said.

She told the court that the two knew each other from Green Hope High School, but that the girl had graduated.

Soto's mother, who says her son is innocent, and friends showed up for his hearing to show their support. He blew a kiss to his mother as he entered the courtroom.

Soto, a senior who was listed as a defensive lineman on the Falcons football team, remained in custody under a $200,000 secured bond.


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  • John Townsend Feb 15, 2017
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    Without anything that ties the accused to the injuries, it's still her word against his.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 14, 2017
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    Betsy's right, it's the girls injuries that this will come down to. Sad, just sad.

  • Betsy Sparks Feb 14, 2017
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    It's more than he said, she said situation. She has injuries consistent with her account of the story.

  • Stacie Hagwood Feb 14, 2017
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    Mommy says he is innocent. It is one thing to support your child...you love him regardless....but to declare him innocent? Hmmm. Parents (and all people, really) must stand on the side of right, and yet love their children unconditionally.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 14, 2017
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    I feel bad for this kid, and the victim. Hopefully the court can get to the bottom of this. I would hate for the young man to have his life ruined if he's not guilty. The victim deserves justice if he is guilty. It could go either way.