A North Carolina man who was recently released from prison after serving two decades for second-degree murder and armed robbery is back in police custody, suspected of raping a deaf woman who took him in to shelter him from Hurricane Florence.
37-year-old Freeman Scott Ireland was detained by the Southern Pines Police and charged with second-degree forcible rape on October 1, and was still inside of the victims home when police arrived.
Ireland was on “supervised release” from prison and was displaced in when the victim offered to take him in to protect him from the hurricane. The woman had been acquainted with Ireland for two decades, though the exact nature of the relationship is unknown.
The victim notified police through unknown means, telling police that the man had sexually assaulted her while she was sleeping.
According to a statement by SPPD, the victim of this assault was transported to Moore Regional Hospital for treatment.
Southern Pines Police Chief Robert Temme expressed his outrage over the incident and promised complete and total support from his department.
“There is no place in our community for predators, sexual or otherwise,” he said in a statement. “I have worked closely with our law enforcement partners at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction, to ensure that an additional arrest warrant was issued for Freeman Scott Ireland to further provide the highest level of safety possible, not only for the victim in this case, but for the entire community as well.”
Ireland currently sits in the Moore County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond, pending a hearing in Moore County District Court on October 9, 2018.
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