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Northampton coach charged with rape

Posted February 23, 2012

— An assistant football coach in Northampton County has been charged with rape, police said Thursday.

Marvin Lee Rawles, 43, of Garysburg, was charged Monday with second-degree rape, sexual battery and assault on a female. He was released on a $30,000 bond.

A Seaboard woman told police that she was sexually assaulted in her home last September, Police Chief George Reed s said.

Rawles is an in-school suspension monitor and coach at Northampton West STEM High School in Gaston. School district officials said he has been placed on paid suspension, pending an internal investigation.

Reed said the alleged victim is an adult and not a student.


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  • jafarmg2 Feb 24, 2012

    She should have reported it immediately. Waiting 6 months makes me think this is an act of vengence on her part; pressing charges to "get back at him" for something he did/or she preceived he did. If he's guilty of rape, I hope he is prosecuted. If he is innocent, I hope he gets a fair treatment by the justice system. But either way, his life will never be the same because innocent or guilty, there are some people who will always believe the worst.

  • TheBullCity Feb 24, 2012

    The thing about waiting so long to come forward is that at this point, there is likely no evidence. Just one person's story against another's.

    "it may take a person months or years of therapy to even get to the point where they can make the accusation."

    Be that as it may, I don't think it serves the cause of justice to wait so long. It is a form of selfishness and can allow the perpitrator to continue to victimize others. If you don't report a crime promptly, you needn't expect most people to take you seriously. It creates a reasonable doubt that the crime actually occurred.

  • cr8zgurl Feb 23, 2012

    WOW ! If that is true.......... WHY WAIT 6 months ! Not buying it ! I think this lady is full of it !

  • davidk_at_unc Feb 23, 2012

    "This headline - "Northampton school counselor charged with rape" - IMO leads to most/all who read it to think that the "SCHOOL" counselor most likely raped a STUDENT at the school." -- Objective Scientist

    If it said "minister charged with rape", would you assume it was one of his flock? If it said "Boy Scout Leader charged with rape", would you assume some child got molested? If it said "policeman charged with rape", would you assume it was some prisoner? I think the man's position was given to identify him as a person whose place in society is one from whom we expect higher standards, making the story a little more interesting. Unfortunately, there have been so many stories in the news lately about relationships between teachers and students that this was probably a natural conclusion to reach, but not, in this case, a correct one.

  • The7thSeal Feb 23, 2012

    Why wait SOOOOOO long to report it?I understand not reporting rape a few days,or weeks after the fact.BUT 4-5months later?

    Im no detective BUT something doesn't sound right.

  • UNC PH.d Feb 23, 2012

    "I'm instantly skeptical of anyone who waits that long to report a rape." TeenDAD

    "Obviously, you have never been raped before." - carrboroyouth

    Good point, depending on the person and situation, it may take a person months or years of therapy to even get to the point where they can make the accusation. Not the mention the rapist may be threatening to further hurt the victim if they tell. It's pretty common in national crime news stories sadly...

  • carrboroyouth Feb 23, 2012

    "I'm instantly skeptical of anyone who waits that long to report a rape." TeenDAD

    Obviously, you have never been raped before.

  • iknowmyschnitzel Feb 23, 2012

    His FB profile indicates that he is married. Without any information, speculating that it is perhaps someone with whom he may have had an affair or someone seeking retaliation? No prior offenses according to records and the "victim" is coming out months after the alleged offense which is odd.

  • UNC PH.d Feb 23, 2012

    "tru dat. by their logic, i guess everyone accused is guilty?"
    -abylelab -BT-

    The court/police/law enforcement system does work pretty well actually, most arrests DO result in conviction (sleazy lawyer plea deals aside). That tells me that MOST people arrested for something ARE guilty of it. The Presumption of Innocence (Innocent until proven guilty) idea states that the burden of proof lies upon the accuser and not the accused to prove his innocence. The accuser has to prove his case in court. The accused, the arrested and charged person, has to prove his innocence. Like I already stated, since MOST arrests result in conviction, that again tells me that MOST people arrested are GUILTY(according to the court) - Unless you think there's some kind of mass conspiracy going on in the court system across the world. It's the same type of system in many other countries.

    The belief that police planting evidence is common is a joke.....I think you guys are watching too many made f

  • smack Feb 23, 2012

    TeenDAD - yeah what caused her to randomly decide to report it now? something is weird here.