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Smithfield man charged with raping mentally handicapped girl

Posted October 14, 2011

— Police said Friday that they have arrested a Smithfield man in connection with the sexual assault of a 16-year-old mentally handicapped girl last spring.

Alphonso Ellis Kirkwood Jr., 19, of Rand Street, was arrested Wednesday on Broadway Street and charged with second-degree rape.

The girl wandered away from adult supervision on March 28 while visiting a relative in Smithfield, police said. Investigators said she might have been sexually assaulted by others at various locations, and more arrests are possible.

Kirkwood also was charged with three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling in connection with an April 14 shooting on East Parker St.

He was being held in the Johnston County jail under a $160,000 bond.


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  • Commen Oct 17, 2011

    The face of a human; motives of a Monster!

  • twc Oct 14, 2011

    No one is blaming the female! Geez!

  • twc Oct 14, 2011

    Separate incidents.

  • NoObamaCare Oct 14, 2011

    "What makes me think it might have been consensual is because they say others around town may be charged."- That is usually called gang rape. With her mental status I highly doubt it was consensual. How can you blame the female in this case??

  • udaycoosay Oct 14, 2011

    The face of the democrat party and 40 years of the Great Society.

  • twc Oct 14, 2011

    What makes me think it might have been consensual is because they say others around town may be charged.

  • twc Oct 14, 2011

    "twc....what difference does it make?

    Because if he didn't know she was mentally handicapped and it was consensual that would change the definition.

  • slappywhite Oct 14, 2011

    change we can believe in--yes we can!!!

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  • rednek Oct 14, 2011

    Vote Obama 2012

    What does that have to do with the news article?