Man charged in arranging wife's rape

Associated Press / June 5, 2009
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man who police say arranged on Craigslist for his wife to be raped by another man was in jail on $200,000 bond yesterday and investigators were pursuing a "strong lead" as they searched for the attacker.

Police in Kannapolis, about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte, were sifting through computer and phone records with high-tech help from federal investigators after arresting the 25-year-old husband Wednesday, said Major Terry Clanton, the city's deputy police chief.

The husband faces first-degree rape and other charges. The Associated Press, which generally does not identify victims of sexual assault, is not naming the man to avoid identifying his wife.

Police said they believed the husband found the attacker by responding to at least two personal ads on Craigslist, the online classified service that has come under attack for its "erotic services" section. Craigslist agreed to do away with that section last month after a Boston medical student was charged with killing a woman he met on the site.

Adams said the husband found the ad while searching through the "erotic services" ads for someone to have sex with his wife. Craigslist replaced that section with an "adult services" category that is screened under the changes the company announced last month.

Kannapolis police said it wasn't known if the husband paid the other man.

The wife called 911 Sunday and reported a man with a knife raped her in the bedroom of their home. Police said the husband was in the room at the time of the attack.

Authorities said the couple's two young children were at home, but unaware of what was happening.

Police said the husband had gone on Craigslist to look for someone to come to his house and have sex with his wife using "scare tactics." Police said the act was without the wife's consent or knowledge.

The woman was treated and released at a hospital, police said.