A Beaufort apartment complex manager accused of repeatedly raping a tenant over a two-year period has been suspended from his job pending the outcome of the case.Johnnie Jackson, 62, was arrested Monday after turning himself in and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. As a condition of his bond, Jackson can’t return to the Mossy Oaks Apartment Homes apartments while the woman lives there and can’t be within 1,000 feet of her home or workplace. He has been suspended from his job at the property and another community manager will take his place, said Cailin Rogers, a spokeswoman for Dominium.Nationwide, there is a low reporting rate and low conviction rate for sexual assault cases, said Sara Barber, executive director of the S. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults.Unlike television shows depicting assaults in dark alleys, perpetrators are often known to the victim and the person may be hesitant to come forward immediately for fear of not being believed or of what will happen to the person being accused, she said.State law defines third-degree criminal sexual conduct as the use of force or coercion during a sexual assault or if the suspect “knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless and aggravated force or aggravated coercion was not used to accomplish sexual battery.” The charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years.State law says a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge is warranted if the act included “aggravated force,” if the assault occurs while the victim is also the victim of another crime such as a kidnapping, robbery, extortion or similar offense, or if the victim is drugged against their will.You will lose the tea party in North Carolina," Brosch said Hayes fired back, pointing to his record in 2012, a successful election year for Republicans.
Many who attended Saturday's gathering said they were putting up with the morass of accusations and parliamentary minutia grudgingly, coming only because the party needed to settle a dispute that threatens to distract from campaign efforts.
“I think it’s important to realize what an ordeal seeking justice is for people,” Barber said, speaking in general about sexual assault cases.
“An arrest, a bond hearing — this is just the beginning.
"The only people who are happy we're here today are Roy Cooper, what's her name – (Deborah) Ross – Josh Stein," Hayes said, ticking off a list of statewide Democratic candidates who might look to take advantage of chaos within the GOP.
"It breaks my heart that we're here today, but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do." Only a portion of the meeting was open to the public, and it was contentious from the start.