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Smithfield teen accused of trying to rape woman

Posted June 12, 2012

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— A Smithfield teen has been accused of attacking and trying to rape a woman who lives near him on Friday afternoon.

A man wearing all black and a mask broke into the woman's home, held her down and tried to rape her, authorities said. She struggled with her attacker, and when his mask fell off, he fled.

Paramedics treated the woman for a bite mark and scratches.

Johnston County sheriff's deputies arrested Craig Gartrell Groves, 18, a short time later in woods behind his home on N.C. Highway 210. He was charged with attempted first-degree rape and breaking and entering. He was placed in the Johnston County jail under a $150,000 bond.

School officials said Groves was a senior at South Campus Community High School in Smithfield and used to attend West Johnston High School.

Groves was placed on probation in April for a second-degree trespassing conviction stemming from a January incident, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.


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  • loveapex Jun 13, 2012

    You can see the details of our youth facilities at http://www.doc.state.nc.us/dop/prisons/western.htm

    Prison is not the same as a detention center for juveniles. Maybe that is what you were thinking of.

  • loveapex Jun 13, 2012

    cpmccols - you are correct that he will be charged as an adult. I work in the prison system. He will absolutely be in a youth facility until, at least, his 21st birthday. Promise!

  • cpmccols Jun 12, 2012

    loveapex. Actually, he will go to adult prison. North Carolina and New York are the only two states where those 16 and over are considered adults, as opposed to 18 and older. Regardless, being 18 classifies him as an adult and he will be charged as such.

  • PeaceRH Jun 12, 2012

    SOMNEY- What people don't realize is that North Carolina Spends More per Execution than on a Non-death Penalty Murder Case

    The most comprehensive death penalty study in the country found that the death penalty costs North Carolina $2.16 million more per execution than the a non-death penalty murder case with a sentence of life imprisonment

  • loveapex Jun 12, 2012

    Thankfully, he should get some time for this one. He broke probation (one offense) and the attempted rape (second offense and a violent one). Not sure if there will be more. Unsure of his age, but under 21. So, he will go to a youth facility until that time.

  • eoglane Jun 12, 2012

    paulawindley: alot of ministers stand in front of church and preach. But head straight to sin when the doors close. About 75 percent of them. They talk the talk but behind closed doors they are demons. Like the new tv show. This Kid eithers has no respect for mom or mom is totally useless.

  • orangemoonlite Jun 12, 2012

    On probation, huh?

  • somey Jun 12, 2012

    Put him to sleep now and save the tax payers alot of money.

  • ProudConservative2 Jun 12, 2012

    He was a senior at South Campus? That is the name of JoCo's "safe school." This is a school for kids that are always in trouble.

  • not my real name Jun 12, 2012

    just another sorry poc