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Pitt County 18-year-old charged with statutory rape

Posted October 9, 2012

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— Pitt County deputies on Monday arrested an 18-year-old Winterville man in connection with a statutory rape that happened Friday and Saturday. 

According to investigators, James Adam Butler, of 2810 Basil Lane, developed a relationship with a 13-year-old girl for about two months before engaging in sexual activity with her on two occasions. 

He was charged Monday with two counts of statutory rape or sexual offense of a 13, 14, or 15-year-old. He was in the Pitt County jail Tuesday under a $200,000 secured bond. 

No other information was released.

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  • goner Oct 9, 2012

    I think we should make the world safe for our children, but not our children's children, because I don't think that children should be having sex.

  • workinghuman33 Oct 9, 2012

    . But punishing one half of the problem is unfair. If you are going to say that the younger party is unable to give consent, then the ones who are responsible for them should hold one half of the blame. What we are discussing is two young people consenting to sex. (Not rape - sex) So where are the parents.

    There's a novel & good idea,good luck getting THAT passed into law. The difference is this: At 18 you can enlist in our military, you are held accountable for your actions by the law, you must pay your own taxes, you are allowed to vote, the list goes on..so therefore the law considers you an adult. Some folks on this board a week or so ago were blaming the 12 year old girl that willingly went with the 38 year old pedophile because she wanted to have sex with him & marry him. Do you believe that it was her fault, because she was sexually mature and that she was as much at fault for going willingly? Or do you think the adult was preying on her, and he's responsible?

  • paulacapell Oct 9, 2012

    workinghuman: of course I don't believe that 13 is a good parenting age. And we are not talking about rape here (between a middle aged person and a child or teen), we are talking about kids doing what kids have done since time began. This is exactly what I meant by public hysteria...

  • SailbadTheSinner Oct 9, 2012

    The Age of Consent has changed radically throughout history and across cultures.

    I’ve heard it said that children grow up quicker these days, but I’m not so sure.

    For example, in North Carolina in 1889, the Age of Consent was 10.

    This information is based on the book “Raleigh: An Unorthodox History of North Carolina’s Capital” by Marshall Lancaster (ISBN 1-878086-15-4). I have made no real effort to verify the accuracy of the statement, but it does agree with information about other states during the same time period.

    On a more personal level, my partner had consensual sex when she was 15. I didn’t do the deed until I was 18, but it sure wasn’t because I didn’t want to....

    The bottom line is that ‘it’s the Law’ but that doesn’t go very far when it comes to the reality of human sexuality....

    STS

  • paulacapell Oct 9, 2012

    workinghuman: All I'm saying is this: since the beginning of time, raging hormones generally win out over practical thought. Not just in teens. I don't believe a teen, whether 13 or 19, is equipped to handle the long term ramifications of their actions, whether male or female. But the law doesn't punish both sides. The problem is that these kids grow up in a "grown up" world. Almost every product in our society is promoted by using sexual innuendo. But punishing one half of the problem is unfair. If you are going to say that the younger party is unable to give consent, then the ones who are responsible for them should hold one half of the blame. What we are discussing is two young people consenting to sex. (Not rape - sex) So where are the parents. As far as an 18yr old wanting to have sex w/a 13yr old....I see 13yr old girls everyday that, if I didn't know better, would believe w/ease they were much older. They have body piercings and even tattoos! Did you ask for ID???

  • workinghuman33 Oct 9, 2012

    It doesn't change anything. It is not my place to regulate other people's morals so long as they do not aggress upon someone else's person or property. Unlike so-called conservatives-dcatz"

    Please don't start with the name calling...and to call me that is inexcusable and disgusting.

    So with your logic, I guess when the 38 year old man ran off with the 12 year old girl that was fine? That the 12 year old child was capable of making the decision to leave with the convicted pedophile, because she admittedly wanted to have sex with him? If that's how you feel, that it's alright for adults to have sex with children so long as they don't infringe on you or your property I certainly hope my child is never in any close proximity to you.

    Courts will issue a PSI on insanity pleas, but the age of consent is actual LAW,it's not a ridiculous age limit either. If these minors are so able to discern sexually then everything should apply to them as far as rights & responsibilities of adults.

  • jacamoe Oct 9, 2012

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    my dad was 18 and mom was 14 when they met. they got married 3 yrs later. ...

    Jimmytwotimes that scenario is feasible today because freshman in highschool are 14 coming in and Seniors going out are 18....I hope there is education about the laws in the high schools because I dont think boys in high school wouldnt think twice if its a girl in their own school....
    NCMom1
    At one school the sophmore's are 18,19 and yes,20. Depends on where you are and the demographics of the area to determine how many older students are there. I would not like my daughter going to school with 20 year olds if she was 13,14. Would you?

  • workinghuman33 Oct 9, 2012

    working human: Really????? how many 18 yr old "MEN" have you met???? Males don't mature as quickly as females. That too is a fact.paulacapell"

    Uh, I don't recall ever stating that. I believe that to be a byproduct of the fact that men are born with what they have, sure their voices change a little but females actually grow new parts, and grow eggs. I believe that does make females mature more rapidly. So what!?! Are you saying you think a 13 year old female would make a good mother, mature? I am guessing she wouldn't. There are ramifications to their actions and I don't think they have the capacity to discern it. They don't seem to use birth control,i.e. teen pregnancies, STD's. I don't think in the heat of the moment with raging hormones a 13 year girl is mature enough to realize what she's consenting too in the long term. I also see something a bit off for an 18 year old wanting a 13 year old (male or female). Teach them self-respect and respect for others, sex can wait.

  • dcatz Oct 9, 2012

    "Wouldn't that be a bit hard to discern? So how would you enforce that law? Have a psychiatrist do a pre-trial evaluation on each individual?"

    Yes. I'd actually have the prosecutors do their job. Funny how that works. Prosecutors and their statist pandering lackeys have managed to redefine the word rape to mean something that it isn't, feeding off of this country's mass hysteria over anything related to sex.

    "Let's go one step further..what if it was a 18 male and a 13 year old male? What then?"

    It doesn't change anything. It is not my place to regulate other people's morals so long as they do not aggress upon someone else's person or property. Unlike so-called conservatives, I actually do believe in limited government (to be more specific, I believe in no government since I am a market anarchist); no one has the right to force someone else to subscribe to their morals and it does not matter whether those morals are in the majority or not.

  • NC Reader Oct 9, 2012

    At the very least, an 18-year-old man who has sex with a 13-year-old girl is just plain pathetic. Young love? Give me a break. Someone on here has asked people who don't think it's a big deal for an 18-year-old to have sex with a 13-year-old: what if the younger child had been a boy? Would anyone consider them to be just two teenagers in love?

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