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Victim says change to NC probation law hurts her, not abuser

Posted July 29, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014

— 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.

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  • Lightfoot3 Jul 30, 2014

    "Green did not speak to them, but he also did not leave – a violation of his court-ordered probation." - article


    He has to leave every time they show up somewhere? That sounds weird and unfair. If he's at a park, or having dinner, or at the movies, all they have to do is show up and he has to run? Seems like it should just be him not actively initiating contact, or following them, etc. that should be part of the law.

  • hokiedeuce Jul 30, 2014

    Good guess.

  • shd-be-doing-something-else Jul 30, 2014

    View quoted thread

    I guess you missed the part where it says "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."

  • hokiedeuce Jul 30, 2014

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    Nothing in text report that states the 'abuser' did not leave 'area' where 'anonymous' was. Just states that parties had chance meetings in public places.

  • Save It Jul 30, 2014

    I'm offended by people who are constantly offended.

  • dsdaughtry Jul 30, 2014

    When I read "the families had two chance meetings" then I had to shrug. It is not as if the offender purposely violated law.

    Basically anyone released from prison/jail is no longer a threat to society, according to the courts. Either change the law or allow people to get on with their lives.

  • shd-be-doing-something-else Jul 30, 2014

    View quoted thread

    It isn't the "chance" encounter itself that was a violation. The law allows for this type of incident to occur. It was his refusal to leave the area that violates the terms of probation.

  • hokiedeuce Jul 30, 2014

    Mob mentality. Get on the wagon so not to be chastised by the rest. Don't think the crime, the 'abuser' or the 'anonymous' is the question here. Its the circumstances that the law has not defined.

  • Glass Half Full Jul 30, 2014

    There is no cure for child molestors. They should be locked up for life. These victims and their families are begin wronged by the system.

  • silverballwiz Jul 30, 2014

    My heart goes out to anyone that is abused & should be punished. However, I can tell you that people really do get wrongfully convicted of this as well. I am one of them. See falseconvictions.com and you will be shocked. The laws need to be revisted and changed to make it fair for both victims and the falsely accused. I've been thinking about this wrongful conviction everyday for 25 years

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