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Man accused of raping 12-year-old girl

Posted April 27, 2009

— Authorities charged a 23-year-old Seven Springs man with first-degree rape in the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

A 911 caller reported the alleged sexual assault to the Lenoir County Sherrif's Office around 9:40 p.m. last Wednesday. Detective Chris Cahoon investigated and obtained an arrest warrant for Jose Luiz Gomez in the case.

Wayne County sheriff's deputies arrested Gomez during a traffic stop Friday.

Gomez was being held in the Lenoir County Jail under a $50,000 bond early Monday.


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  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 28, 2009

    $50,000 bond!!!!!!! That's MIIIGHTY low. How long has he been in this counrty? Illegal?

  • penny for your thoughts Apr 28, 2009

    Tiffany2007 has a good point. If this happened to a friend or relative of mine, and I knew who did it, he'd be WAY better of in jail....

  • seaturtlesrule Apr 28, 2009

    I'm a 50 year old Mom, and I'd really like to wipe that smarmy smile off his face! His bail should have been $500,000...what is the world coming to?!
    I miss the old days of public criminal hangings with food and drink for all...(this crime fits the criteria, or goes beyond it!).

  • BoSox_Girl Apr 28, 2009

    If you hover your mouse over the photo a text box appears stating this is the mug shot taken after his arrest.

  • Sessy V--V Apr 28, 2009

    that mugshot must of been taken AFTER he found out how low his bond was

    totally ridiculous.....

  • ambidextrous cat Apr 28, 2009

    Doesn't he look pleased in the photograph? Why does he have a bond in the first place? Keep that disgusting creep in jail, please!

  • fyiarp Apr 28, 2009

    He probably new the victim and/or was a relative.

  • FragmentFour Apr 28, 2009

    Has anybody in North Carolina had a course in civics? The role of bond is not to place punishment, it's to insure attendance at some future event - usually a hearing, sometimes a trial. It has little to nothing to do with the crime the person is accused of, and everything to do with the likelihood of that person sticking around to get tried.

    Stop pounding on the magistrate and judges - they're doing exactly what they're supposed to do.

  • Tiffany2007 Apr 28, 2009

    Maybe the bond is SOOOO low so he can get out. That way the child's father can do us all a service.

  • 42ITUS Apr 28, 2009

    Magistrates have a lot of leeway setting the original bond amount. Often there are recommendations from law enforcement based upon cooperation, arrest history, etc. I set a bond of $500,000 on a very similar case and when the defendant went before the judge for his first appearance, the judge doubled it to a million. That's the way it should work.