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Two charged with raping, giving drugs to 14-year-old

Posted June 18, 2010

— Clayton police say that a 14-year-old girl was sexually abused and given drugs by two men, ages 39 and 22. One suspect remains at large.

Detectives said they believe that Juan Antonio Batiste, 22, and Jamelle Monque Best, 39, met the victim through friends and that they gave her drugs before the sexual offenses, which occurred in Best's residence at 600 N. O'Neil St. Apt. 3A.

The 14-year-old told police that she had sex with the men in late May or early June. Police said her parents brought her to the hospital when they learned of the abuse, prompting an investigation.

A search of Best's apartment on Wednesday found two handguns and a small amount of drugs, police said. He was arrested on one felony charge each of statutory rape, indecent liberties with a child and possession of cocaine, two charges each of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, and four misdemeanor drug charges.

Batiste, of 515 Park Drive, remains on the run. He is charged with statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child.

State Department of Correction records show that he is also on probation for a January conviction for assault on a female. He has previous convictions for communicating threats, simple assault and drug charges, as well.

Best was being held in the Johnston County Jail Friday under a $352,000 secured bond. He has been convicted of selling drugs in Wayne and Carteret counties and assault by pointing a gun, DOC records show.


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  • wildcat Jun 18, 2010

    I do hope in time that this child will be OK, with counseling.

  • sweet4you Jun 18, 2010

    Run girls, run as fast as you can! Those dudes look/are scary. It's amazing you can't be a child in this society, we have perps lerking in the shadows after children, boys and girls alike no gender is exempt from these freaks. Bring them to lil' mama's house and I will take care of them.

  • wildcat Jun 18, 2010

    Since both are adults, they both should received equally from the courts 50 years in prison. If the courts would start giving them more years in prions, somebody is bound to get the picture. The older adult should have been teaching the younger adult. In prison they will learn a valuable lesson.

  • itom68 Jun 18, 2010

    nice job eddie-

  • didisaythat Jun 18, 2010

    People please these men were not rehabilitated. It is the state's fault for not getting these young men the help that is their constitutional right. it is the conservatives fault for not giving every criminal a psychologist and a blanky. When are the great citizens of this state going to put progressives in power to take care of us?

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jun 18, 2010

    No woman, child, or anyone has the right to be raped. I don't care how old they are, what positions they get put in. It is sad that someone can say certain things about a 14 year old child or anyone at any age. Us as parents we should teach are children right from wrong. Some parents & children haven't experience certain things & some people are very trusting. But it is there choices to keep in mind what us parents say & do what we say. Anyone that has the nerve to put down a child needs help. Another thing is they don't need second chances they had there chances to do right the first time. We have to many bad people on the streets now & we don't need these people on the streets. I have no pity for these sick people. Her life is going to hurt for the rest of her life & those who make it hard for her is wrong.

  • nogade Jun 18, 2010

    Another Convicted felon out on our streets, obviously hasn't learned his lesson yet, guess he never will, we'll just idly sit by and wait to read about him committing another crime.

  • Mr. Sensible Jun 18, 2010

    Where are your children?

  • Glass Half Full Jun 18, 2010

    Two hand guns maybe?

  • Valkyrie Jun 18, 2010

    Hope the article meant "hand guns" and not hands!

    There aren't words to describe these low life bits of manure.