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Online classifieds behind series of Parkton rapes

Posted December 16, 2013

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— Four women have been raped in the small Robeson County town of Parkton since late November, and authorities say the crimes occurred when the women responded to online classified ads.

All of the victims came from neighboring Cumberland County to a mobile home on Lariat Court in response to ads on backpage.com, Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said. When they arrived, they were held at gunpoint and forced to drive to a secluded area along nearby Blue Road, where they were assaulted, Sealey said.

In addition to the four women who were raped, two other women and two men were kidnapped and assaulted, Sealey said. The incidents occurred between Nov. 28 and Dec. 11.

Alphonso Chacon, 31, of 79 Lariat Court, has been charged with rape, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual offense, felony conspiracy and robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged Dec. 11 sexual assault of a 17-year-old. He is being held in the Robeson County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.

Up to three other men may also be involved in the crimes, the sheriff said, but he said the public isn't in any danger. More arrests and charges are expected.

Robeson County investigators are working with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office to determine whether the women were responding to ads seeking sex.

"That's what it's looking like, but I can't say that for sure," Sealey said.

Alphonso Chacon, Parkton rapes Man charged in on of alleged series of Parkton rapes

The adult entertainment section of backpage.com has drawn controversy. Law enforcement officials across the country say it's often used for sex trafficking.

An attorney for the website said that the operators work strenuously to prevent illegal activities.

Children's scooters were lying in Chacon's yard on Monday, and nearby residents said they were stunned by the allegations against him.

"When I heard about it, it was so shocking to me because I wouldn't think anything like that would happen down here," Isaiah Gordon said. "This neighborhood is peaceful. This is a peaceful neighborhood. You don't have a lot of problems."

A mother of four who lives across the street, who declined to give her name, said she found it disturbing to know something like that could happen "right under your nose."


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  • frosty Dec 17, 2013

    If it was in Parkton why is the Parkton Police not working the case?

    I am not sure Parkton has any police, it is a small town.

  • rpastor Dec 17, 2013

    backpage.com is used for sex trafficking by escorts... I know because I happen to have a friend who posts her adds on that website.. that is all that it is used for.. Escorts post thier " qualiities or services" and men/women respond to the ads... get it together folks, those women are obviously escorts either responding to a location given to them OR paying for sex ( which I doubt)

    Either way... Ya'll need to get it together...

  • Jump1 Dec 17, 2013

    If it was in Parkton why is the Parkton Police not working the case?

  • 678devilish Dec 17, 2013

    Ladies do not go out alone. Be careful and observant when out. I do hope this rapist is caught soon.

  • btneast Dec 17, 2013

    yep what you're readin is a biased, censored distortion of the facts....that happens quite a bit here in nc.

    It happens everywhere, always has, always will be. That's why you get your information from a variety of sources.

  • HomeBrewDude Dec 17, 2013

    Why are the fact that the Backpage is a mechanism for escorts to advertise? It surely is not a dating site.

  • zacksmill Dec 17, 2013

    Were his ads under free stuff? That gets me every time.

  • wildpig777 Dec 17, 2013

    yep what you're readin is a biased, censored distortion of the facts....that happens quite a bit here in nc.

  • rasengineers Dec 17, 2013

    Nothing is ever simply black or white. Reading between the lines in the article, it appears these women may have arranged a meeting expecting to be paid for sex and instead were raped (robbed of payment?). No judgement of the victims, just saying there is more than one way to interpret the circumstances surrounding this case.

  • mfarmer1 Dec 16, 2013

    Glad they got him, he was real smart that one.