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Man Charged in Attack on Durham Schoolgirl

Posted May 6, 2007

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— A Durham man was arrested Sunday on rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges for an April 5 attack on a girl when she got off her school bus, Durham police said.

They charged Richard Alfonzo Johnson, 35, 6103 Forest Ridge Drive, with first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense and second-degree kidnapping. He was held in the Durham County Jail under a $1 million bond, police said.

The mother of the girl, whose age police did not disclose, told police then that she thought her daughter had been assaulted, but the girl would not talk about anything.

Police said that the girl did speak with interviewers at UNC Hospitals several weeks later, however, and they contacted Durham detectives. Police then pieced together what they believe happened.

They said a man whom the girl did not know approached her when she got off the bus near Barbee Road. The man grabbed her by the wrist, forced her into a house, assaulted her and threatened her before releasing her, they said.

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  • Realjustice May 8, 2007

    I am hoping this will not even go to trial. If he did it, then I am hoping he would confess so his family will not be put through the ordeal of a trial. However, they have hired a lawyer and from what I know...the police has botched this case because never researched the whereabouts of the accused for this day or the days after. Like the police said in their statement "they pieced together what they believe happened". We know how reliable the Durham Police Department is with investigations.

    If this is not a coerce investigation, then I do not know what is. Is anyone safe these days? Maybe the police should be looking for known sexual predators within the area of this assault. I believe there was something in the news a few weeks ago about a car following young girls from their bus stop. This incident was in Raleigh (I Think) but predators do move from area to area. Dated April 13th WRAL archives

    Parents Alerted After Girls Followed

    Posted: Apr. 13, 2007

    Raleigh —

  • journey May 8, 2007

    Realjustice....you are absolutely correct, there are alot of facts missing from this story. I think the trial will provide all the details needed. I live near the victim and am absolutely disgusted by the events that took place.

  • goodtimes_noodlesalad May 8, 2007

    Dudes? WRAL keeps zapping my posts....apparently, they didn't get the memo - No Snitchin'

  • Realjustice May 7, 2007

    I think there are a lot of facts missing from this story.

    1. He was at work..with documented work logs showing he was there.
    2. He picked up his daughter from daycare after he logged out of work
    3. The timetable around this young girl assault...where were the other kids from the bus stop/ even between the hours of 4 - 5, there is still a lot of traffic in this area
    4. Why did it take them so long to report the incident. Where they trying to find someone to match the victims story so it would not be like the Duke Lacrosse case.
    5. The evidence they have is based on the young girl driving by this area several times...she could have been coherced into pointing to this man as her attacker.
    6. The young girl still got off her bus at this same bus stop for 30 days after the initially assault...Come on..there needs to be a reality check
    FYI...I am not a friend of the accused but I do know him through one of his co-workers.

  • goodtimes_noodlesalad May 7, 2007

    I think the example I provided is a 1st degree sexual offense...even if the sex is consensual....

    hmm...curious...

  • sick of You May 7, 2007

    These are the two statutes copied from Farbs. Make a determination for yourself.

  • sick of You May 7, 2007

    First-Degree Forcible Sexual Offense

    Statute §14-27.4. First-degree sexual offense.
    (a) A person is guilty of a sexual offense in the first degree if the person engages in a sexual act:
    (1) With a victim who is a child under the age of 13 years and the defendant is at least 12 years old and is at least four years older than the victim; or
    (2) With another person by force and against the will of the other person, and:
    a. Employs or displays a dangerous or deadly weapon or an article which the other person reasonably believes to be a dangerous or deadly weapon; or
    b. Inflicts serious personal injury upon the victim or another person; or
    c. The person commits the offense aided and abetted by one or more other persons. (b) Any person who commits an offense defined in this section is guilty of a Class B1 felony.

    Elements A person guilty of this offense (1) engages in a sexual act other than vaginal intercourse (2) with a person (3) by force, and (4) against that person's w

  • sick of You May 7, 2007

    Second-Degree Forcible Sexual Offense

    Statute §14-27.5. Second-degree sexual offense.
    (a) A person is guilty of a sexual offense in the second degree if the person engages in a sexual act with another person:
    (1) By force and against the will of the other person; or
    (2) Who is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and the person performing the act knows or should reasonably know that the other person is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.
    (b) Any person who commits the offense defined in this section is guilty of a Class C felony.

    Elements A person guilty of this offense
    (1) engages in a sexual act other than vaginal intercourse
    (2) with a person, and (3) the act is (a) by force and against the person's will, or (b) with someone who is (i) mentally defective, or (ii) mentally incapacitated, or (iii) physically helpless, which is (or should be) known by the defendant.

    Punishment Class C felony.

  • skinnycow May 7, 2007

    LOL...

  • sick of You May 7, 2007

    You a cop?

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