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Police looking at unsolved rape cases

Posted October 28, 2009

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— Raleigh police said Wednesday they are looking at unsolved rape cases to see if they might be connected to a convicted sex offender arrested this week on a first-degree rape charge.

"As part of a process, we will look at other cases that have occurred where this suspect may have been involved and as part of," police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Rape suspect has long criminal history Rape suspect has long criminal history

Investigators say Donald Wesley Currin Jr., 33, of 7200 Sunset View Court, raped a woman at knifepoint at a construction site on South Saunders Street last Friday.

Currin, who is also charged with first-degree sexual offense, was in the Wake County jail Wednesday afternoon under a $1 million secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 18.

According to state Department of Correction records, Currin has a long criminal history with 18 arrests in Wake County dating to 1994, on charges that include assault on a female, burglary and taking indecent liberties with a child.

At the time of his arrest Monday, Currin was on 36 months of probation for kidnapping a 10-year-old child in January. Court records show that he was also charged with assault on a child, but that it was consolidated under a plea agreement in August.

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  • cc4042 Oct 29, 2009

    I'm sure I'll get bashed for saying this, but I just want people to think about something - Most of you on here making comments (I did say MOST, not ALL) know very little about the criminal justice system, or don't understand that each state has its own laws so it probably doesn't work the same way here as it does wherever you came from. But there are so many details and elements of crimes that you're not going to know unless you either work in the system or had to have it explained to you for one reason or another, meaning you were either a victim or a defendant in a criminal case.

    At least I don't spew out opinions about anything I can't back up.

  • CowboysFan Oct 29, 2009

    just keep letting him out of jail people.. your kid could be next

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 29, 2009

    Just warming up boys - wait until the inmates get set free and your have have more to do than cold case rapes.

  • Myra Oct 29, 2009

    I thought ROY T. COOPER was handling the protection of our children and keeping them safe from predators. Apparently he is too busy trying to decide which political office to run for and has no interest in children's safety and well being. If you take the time to research it, you will find out that under AG Roy T. Cooper's leadership MOST child sex offenders plead down and get probation only.

  • ConcernedNCC Oct 29, 2009

    At the time of his arrest Monday, Currin was on 36 months of probation for kidnapping a 10-year-old child in January. Court records show that he was also charged with assault on a child, but that it was consolidated under a plea agreement in August. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!!!

    Someone needs to be looking at these judges!

  • theodorepowell Oct 28, 2009

    wonder what kind of deal he will get this time?

  • ERRN Oct 28, 2009

    Probation for kidnapping a child???? Are you kidding me????

  • kimisufu Oct 28, 2009

    Does anyone have the link to the story on the kidnapping? Or was there one? Not finding much in a search. Would love to read about what in the world happened. Why can't I remember hearing about a kidnapping?

  • rich son Oct 28, 2009

    I've seen bad things happen to good people that couldn't buy a break from a judge and to see this, a man who obviously has no intentions of even trying to do right, continuously given opportunities he didn't deserve. Sad to say but the NC justice system seems to still be operating with a Jim Crow under current.

  • shortcake53 Oct 28, 2009

    He is evil on so many levels. In a position of trust and protection, yet doing the exact opposite of what he is supposed to represent. Put him under the jail, as far as he can go.

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