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Durham Man Charged With Rape

Posted February 15, 2007

— A Durham man was arrested Wednesday and charged with raping a woman.

Cleveland Augusta Spence, 45, of Hanover Street, was charged with first-degree rape and placed in Durham County Jail under a $600,000 bond. Spence is a registered sex offender and was convicted of second-degree rape in 1996 in Durham.

A 46-year-old woman told officers she was walking on Mallard Avenue shortly after
midnight on Jan. 31 when a man approached her and asked for a light. She gave him a light, and he then grabbed her and dragged her inside an abandoned house in the 800 block of Mallard Avenue.

Police say the man tied an electrical cord around the woman's throat, hit her several times and threatened her with a knife before he raped her.

The man fled when he heard police sirens in the area officers were responding to a break-in in progress call.

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  • svtigrz Feb 16, 2007


  • Sherlockholmes Feb 15, 2007

    RE:Why are these people let out?
    The Only Valid Reason I Can Think Of Is "Job Security" What Else Could It Be?

  • anastarz Feb 15, 2007

    This man has already been convicted of 2nd degree rape twice. This man has been in prison for this crime twice 1989 he did 4 years in prison and in 1995 he did 7 years. It does not appear that this man can be rehabilitated and he is a harm to society.

  • DOG Feb 15, 2007

    What a contributer to society. The air he breathes, the water he drinks and the food he eats is a waste.

  • Blue Devils Rule Feb 15, 2007

    He went to school with me at Carrington JR. High and also raped our French Teacher while in JR. High. This scumbag needs the death penalty.

  • hollylama Feb 15, 2007

    Why are these people let out? We have a war on drugs thats not really doing too much to stop drug use. We need a war on pedophiles and rapists. Nonviolent offenders should not be overpopulating our prison system...these jerks should!

  • latanya512 Feb 15, 2007

    sfarrell16 I am with you. If we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the person is guilty. Let's be done with. More money is spent on the guilty person's appeal than educating our future. DNA should be a given. Once that is done. No more waiting. You got to go. Do the crime do the time.

  • katgoesloco Feb 15, 2007

    I've never heard any liberal ever suggest that rapists can be rehabilitated. Stop making stuff up about liberals.

  • sfarrell16 Feb 15, 2007

    Well if you tried to put Sex offenders away for anymore time then they are put away now the Liberals will come screaming that they can be rehabilitated. I think that all sex offenders should face the three strikes rule because that is more than lenient. So in this case this guy would be in jail for life. And while we are on it we need to speed up these death penalty cases. Stop with the ridiculous amount of appeals and put them to death just like they did to their victims cause its getting ridiculous.

  • latanya512 Feb 15, 2007

    Lets hope the system works for this victim and put this pervert away for a very long time. NC has been making some really crazy decisions lately.