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Former Rocky Mount coach charged with indecent liberties

Posted May 15, 2012

— A Rocky Mount man who volunteered as a coach in the city's baseball league in the 1980s and 1990s is accused of taking indecent liberties with two former players, according to the Nash County Sheriff's Office.

Raeford E. Peace, 50, of 4120 Ketch Point Drive, surrendered to deputies last week on seven counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Investigators said Peace victimized two players on the baseball team between 1982 and 1997, when the victims were between 11 and 15 years old. The sheriff's office launched an investigation in December.

Rocky Mount city officials said Peace was employed as a part-time scorekeeper from 1993 to 2002. He stopped volunteering as a baseball coach about 5 years ago.

A neighbor told WRAL News that Peace, who is also a gospel singer with CT Davis Ministries Right Turn, told her about the allegations and says he is innocent. 


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  • freeadvice May 24, 2012

    Why now...after so many years?

  • kcrawford27513 May 18, 2012

    I know it has nothing to do with whether he's guilty or not, but that man is is lucky to be alive, for being that morbidly obese. There are photos of him on the CS Davis ministries website.

  • slamm1960 May 17, 2012

    greg69innc, how about let the courts find him guilty. just maybe he is innocent. christians are not perfect, we are just saved by grace. we make mistakes everyday but the Lord forgives us if we ask. i would never plead guilty for an act that i did not do! Would you? i know that answer......NO

  • greg69innc May 17, 2012

    If he is such a fine Christian and a Godly man then we can expect him to plead guilty and accept his consequences for his actions if he is guilty.

  • TWY May 17, 2012

    One thing is for sure...whether this gentlemen is found guilty or not, God knows and will bring justice. I pray that those who have come forward did so with an honest heart. I am sure that it takes great courage for someone to admit that they have been taken advantage of as a child, especially men. So to those men, I extend prayers for comfort and peace, but most of all healing. I also pray that if Mr. Peace is not guilty of these accusations that He will be restored and continue serving the Lord.

  • wmb95013 May 17, 2012

    prayer is a direct "route" and yes it takes being aware too. talking with our children and being involved in their lives is key. How many parents out there have really prayed and had a discussion (not just everyday chatter) with their children lately?

  • lgroover May 17, 2012

    Ray peace is a very honarable and trustworthy person. I do not believe that he did this and he is innocent. Please do not bad mouth him until the whole truth comes out.
    The ones that say they know him talking bad stuff about him get all of your facts before telling how he made a living and such.
    Love you Ray and praying for you and family. We believe in you!!!

  • slamm1960 May 16, 2012

    I don't believe a word of this!!! My question is why wait 15 years to bring this allegation against him? There is a piece of this puzzle missing. The news media has already crucified him before he is even convicted. The devil is at work trying to destroy those that are willing to do His will. If this happen, which again I don't believe it did, Ray may not have been a christian at that time. I believe that Ray is now a christian, not perfect, but saved by grace. The Lord is a forgiving God, and I am sure that if he did this, he has already been forgiven. All I am going to say that talk is cheap when the story is good. God Bless you Ray!!!!

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  • Tcheuchter May 16, 2012

    "All it takes is the acusation to ruin your life. He's not been convicted yet and people here already "knows" he's guilty. Even if he's acquitted, they'll then say he's a predator who got away with it."

    In the UK, the names of both the victim AND the accused are not allowed to be published, in most cases, until after the case is decided.

    That protects people to some extent from false accusations but it also hides the case from others who may otherwise have come forward and been additional witnesses.