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Raleigh man accused of sex with 14-year-old

Posted June 4, 2013

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— A Raleigh man has been accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Raleigh police on Monday arrested Walter Alberto Almendarez Melendez, 21, of 3805 Mardela Spring Drive, on one count of statutory rape and sex offense in connection with the May 27 incident.

He was jailed under a $750,000 bond.

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  • Jack Flash Jun 5, 2013

    "yes girls to sometimes lie. however, newsflash!! Ignorance of the law is no excuse. if guilty he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

    I agree completely, though I do think there is some wiggle room in sentencing. An admission of lying or the presence of a fake ID could make for a lighter sentence. The DA will realize this and negotiate a deal accordingly.

  • Jack Flash Jun 5, 2013

    "Here is my issue..He is charged with Statutory Rape, which normally means he had sex with a minor who is not old enough to give him consent. He did not RAPE and sexually assault the girl...lets start putting some of the responsibility on these young girls who allow it..."

    The very existence of age-of-consent laws and the meaning of 'statutory' in this context have to do w/ society's not considering young girls old enough to be held responsible for allowing it. If they're responsible, there was no crime.

    I am not crazy about the motto that 'rape is rape.' I get why people say it, but I think it cheapens the most severe, physically and emotionally traumatizing rapes to lump in those rapes that involve consent issues more so than severe violence. The word 'statutory' is enough of a clarification for me in those cases.

  • garnertoy Jun 5, 2013

    some of these 14 year olds look 21

  • alx Jun 5, 2013

    yes girls to sometimes lie. however, newsflash!! Ignorance of the law is no excuse. if guilty he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  • jayb8408 Jun 4, 2013

    Here is my issue..He is charged with Statutory Rape, which normally means he had sex with a minor who is not old enough to give him consent. He did not RAPE and sexually assault the girl.. Don't get me wrong, he is disgusting and sick for being a grown man and having sex with a 14 year old child.. He deserves exactly what they are about to give to him for what he did.. However, lets start putting some of the responsibility on these young girls who allow it, then stand by as the guy goes to prison for it.. These young girls get no punishment for being involved with a older young man, and they end up doing it all over again because nothing happened to them the first go around... It turns into a pattern.. Make these young girls be held accountable for making the decesion to have sex at such a young age, and with someone so much older... My comments are NOT towards those young girls who are actually RAPED and FORCED into sexual acts with older men.. I am strictly talking about he ones that

  • lwe1967 Jun 4, 2013

    The bail isn't high enought.