Victim says change to NC probation law hurts her, not abuser
Posted July 29, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — When a Raleigh softball coach pleaded guilty in 2012 to taking indecent liberties with five of his teenage players, victims and their families hoped to close that painful chapter of their lives.
The emotional wound was reopened when the families had two chance meetings with Raymond Lamar Green, the now-registered sex offender, in public places. The families, who want to remain anonymous, say Green did not speak to them, but he also did not leave – a violation of his court-ordered probation.
The families say they became even more frustrated when they learned about a state law created in 2011 that requires three probation violations before Green and others convicted of offenses are forced to serve a full sentence behind bars.
“I don’t think it’s fair that he gets to live a free life,” one of the victims told WRAL Investigates. She did not want her name revealed.
The Justice Reinvestment Act went into effect three years ago to ease crowding in prisons and save money. Before 2011, criminals who violated conditions of their probation could be sent to jail for their full sentence after one violation.
After one probation violation, a judge sentenced Green to a few weekends in jail. The judge could have imposed up to 90 days behind bars. Before the new law went into effect, Green could have been sent to jail for three years – his full sentence.
Green’s second probation violation case goes to court Thursday.
Living in the same community as Green, a victim and her family say they believe the sentencing system holds them hostage, not him.
“The burden is on us,” the father said.
“I think what he’s done to me and the other girls, he needs to pay for,” the victim said.
WRAL Investigates reached out to Green’s attorney, Bill Young. He declined to comment on the case, but released a statement on his client’s behalf.
“Mr. Green remains absolutely committed to complying with the terms of his probation, to respecting the victims in the case and their families, to remaining hopefully a productive member of this community and taking care of and raising his family,” Young said.
Green coached with Raleigh Parks and Recreation from 2009 until 2011, according to the City of Raleigh. It wasn't clear where else he might have coached.