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Convicted rapist charged for Facebook account

Posted October 19, 2011 11:30 a.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2011 11:36 a.m. EDT

— A convicted rapist is accused of using Facebook to get women to have sex with him, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Acting on an anonymous tip, investigators determined that Rodney Alexander "Pooney" Williams, 34, of Littleton, had set up an account on the social networking site, Detective Joe Puhak said. He said investigators also found that Williams hadn't registered a new address within three days of moving, as required under the state sex offender law.

Williams was charged with using a social website as a sex offender and failing to report a change of address by a sex offender. He was given a $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.

It's the third time Williams has been charged with failing to report a change of address since July 2010, Puhak said.

Williams was convicted of breaking into a 19-year-old woman's house and raping her in 1995, according to North Carolina Sex Offender Registry records. He spent nearly eight years in prison on those charges, along with convictions for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and larceny from a person.

He was charged in 2008 with kidnapping and strangling a woman and violating his probation for drug charges, but he was convicted only of assault on a female, according to state Department of Correction records. He served 17 months for the conviction and probation violations.