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Suspect in real estate agent's attack to be tested for STDs

Posted September 16, 2009

— Authorities on Wednesday obtained a court order to test a Raleigh man charged with attacking a Cary real estate agent for sexually transmitted diseases.

Michael Edward Sleeman, 33, of 5912 Holland Farms Way, was indicted Tuesday on an attempted first-degree rape charge in addition to the first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping charges he faced after his Sept. 6 arrest.

Sleeman is being held in the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said STD tests are fairly common in criminal cases involving alleged sexual conduct. The tests are done primarily to provide victims with information about any potential health concerns.

Police said Sleeman asked the agent to see homes in the West Lake community, which is under development off West Lake Road in Cary. After she showed him one home, he asked to see something smaller, and she took him to another home in the development, police said.

Once inside the home on Blue Thorn Drive, he pulled out a knife and attacked the woman, police. She told investigators that her attacker restrained her and threatened her, and she said he also told her he was a convicted sex offender.

The woman said she was allowed to leave in her car, and she called a friend, who called police because she was too distraught.

Sleeman pleaded guilty in Virginia in 2002 to aggravated sexual battery and was placed on probation. In North Carolina, he was arrested in 1998 on a charge of assault on a female and again in 2003 on a charge of soliciting for prostitution. Both of those charges were dismissed.


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  • FromClayton Sep 17, 2009

    oh this just makes me so mad!

  • BeSafe Sep 16, 2009

    I'm just curious what the law is on why the STD testing didn't happen as soon as he was in custody and the judge heard the case against him.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 16, 2009

    Rape joke. Now there's an oxymoron.

    Sorry to hear about what you went through...

  • anneonymousone Sep 16, 2009

    Everyone: If rape makes you angry, please interrupt the next rape joke you hear, whether it's explicit or implied; whether the target of the joke is a man, woman, or child; whether the target of the joke is imprisoned or a prostitute or fictional or someone you can't stand.

    If rape makes you angry, please question and become educated about the common misconceptions about rape. (Such as: the survivor really wanted it, the survivor's clothing choices are to blame, people can not stop sexual activity once it has started, prostitutes [or men or strippers] can not be raped, some people deserve rape, people are usually raped by strangers who attack them in secluded places, people who report rape are usually lying, that rape within marriage is not possible because spouses have unending rights to the bodies of the person to whom they are married, men of certain ethnic or cultural groups are more likely to rape, etc.)

    I am a white woman who was raped by a white man.

  • anneonymousone Sep 16, 2009

    Jurydoc, I am sorry to read that the NC definition of rape leaves male survivors with less (or no) legal recourse. Life for a female survivor is hellish; male survivors, regardless of the sex of their assailant, often face a callous lack of understanding of the crime from friends, families, and law enforcement officials. They shouldn't have to face a systemic denial of the crime done to them.

  • anneonymousone Sep 16, 2009

    I want to believe that people can change, but I'm not convinced when it comes to people using their genitals as weapons, whether the survivors and/or victims are women, men, or children.

    I want to believe that the purpose of prisons is rehabilitation, but they don't seem set up that way, making it more dangerous for prisoners, prison staff, and society as a whole when prisoners who have served their sentences are released without having had the structured guidance necessary to make genuine changes in their lives.

  • donnied1952 Sep 16, 2009

    Hey Professor,
    in reading the comments

    "You guys are talking about jail time? All he needs is a simple operation --- as a matter of fact, I could do it and save a doctors fee. Trust me there would be no repeat offense. trainloadr"

    and you said:
    "That would certainly be against the law."

    that is funny. I'll do it for you, I'm already old and besides since they keep dropping charges on these types of guys,
    I bet I could be probation or charges dismissed, lol

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 16, 2009

    If ANY STD's are found, he should have one or more additional assault charges added. If AIDS happens to be found, he should have an Attempted Murder charge added.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 16, 2009

    RaceCard Balker, our jails are full. Did u miss that part? I proposed a reasonable way to end that.

    So, instead of attacking the messenger, tell us your counter argument to relieve the overcrowding that forces the early release of violent criminals.

  • prettylittleangeleyes Sep 16, 2009

    I agree, any sex offender should be required to have a numbered tattoo somewhere noticeable like on their forehead or neck. That way other people can be warned. That woman is lucky that she's even alive given his prior offenses. And if he isn't stopped now then he could move on to even more violent crimes. That being said, I bet if he had a tattoo in a noticeable spot she wouldn't have gone alone with him.