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Woman, 18, accuses Augusta lawyer Joseph Neal Jr. of rape

Richmond County authorities also called to domestic dispute

Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 11:02 AM
Last updated Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 7:51 PM
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Richmond County authorities said Friday they are investigating a rape accusation against Augusta lawyer Jo­seph Neal Jr.

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Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles said no charges have been filed against Neal as the investigation continues.

An 18-year-old woman told police that on Dec. 16, Neal, 43, who is also the president of the Summerville Neighborhood Association, gave her four to five alcoholic drinks and marijuana before he had “carnal knowledge of her without her consent and against her will” at his Kings Way home, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

On Dec. 21, one day after the woman reported the incident, authorities were called to Neal’s home in reference to a domestic dispute.

According to an incident report, Neal and his 23-year-old wife, Caroline, were arguing when she accidentally shut the door on his head.

Police said the argument then escalated and she repeatedly hit and scratched her husband in front of his 13-year-old son.

She was taken to Trinity Hospital by ambulance to be treated for two deep leg cuts she sustained during the argument, the report stated. Joseph Neal told officers the cuts were a result of her kicking a glass front door.

The lawyer suffered cuts to his back and arm but did not require treatment.

Caroline Neal, who refused to give a statement, police said, was charged with simple battery and booked into the Richmond County jail after her release from the hospital.

Joseph Neal, an Augusta native, has practiced law for 18 years and has an office at 410 Telfair St. where he specializes in serious personal injury and wrongful death, according to his Web site.

The father of two has been instrumental in fighting crime in his Summerville neighborhood and helped start a text and e-mail alert program to notify neighbors of criminal activity.

A phone call to Joseph Neal seeking comment was not returned.

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Dipshot
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Dipshot 12/30/11 - 12:26 pm
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My goodness, Augusta is

My goodness, Augusta is becoming like one big episode of the Jerry Springer Show. This is getting embarrassing. The Irish Traveller show may actually help improve our image now.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/30/11 - 01:27 pm
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This is not a defense for

This is not a defense for anyone - but - "accusation" makes the paper?
I recall a case in N.Y. where a well known individual made a big deal out of an "accusation" --- anyone remember? Wait and see is my suggestion - then make it a 'story'!

whyme
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whyme 12/30/11 - 01:52 pm
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We all know that once someone

We all know that once someone is charged or alleged to be involved in a crime, as far as the public and media are concerned, the person is guilty. In the cases where the person is found to be innocent in court, the public opinion never really goes away and the person's life is never the same. In the most heinous of crimes we really want to make sure that the trial is as tight as possible to ensure that the perpetrator is put away but the more people stick their noses in, as in the Penn State case, the more likely some technicality may arise and an outcome may occur that is not what was intended. Such is the reality of the all-info all-the-time world we live in.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/30/11 - 02:02 pm
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Dipshot, don't over react,

Dipshot, don't over react, its not that bad.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/30/11 - 02:05 pm
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"One call, that's all!"

"One call, that's all!" Maybe he needs to go ahead and call Ken or one of the other TV attornies! I do agree it should be a "story" when he is charged. Maybe someone tipped the AC "Staff" to try to make it a story!

roundaboutway
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roundaboutway 12/30/11 - 02:12 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 02:33 pm
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This case was discussed in

This case was discussed in other places. The girl is 18 which is the legal age of consent. However 18 is not old enough for anyone to give alcohol to and, of course not, marijuana. Sex with an impaired person is also subject to legal repercussions.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 02:34 pm
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How old is Joe Neal's wife?

How old is Joe Neal's wife?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/30/11 - 02:36 pm
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23.

23.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/30/11 - 02:46 pm
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I was thinking that unless

I was thinking that unless she had pharmacological tests done while she was impaired, it will be hard to prove in court that she had any alcohol or other drugs that night.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/30/11 - 02:46 pm
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it doesn't seem like it
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it doesn't seem like it should be news until he's charged.
separate question- when will that be?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 02:51 pm
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What Austin is saying, is his

What Austin is saying, is his wife is 23, this girl is 18. The Sheriff's Office has given the evidence to the DA and it's up to them now. The girl's father is apparently very angry.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 02:52 pm
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Were RCSO deputies recently

Were RCSO deputies recently called to Neal's house concerning an altercation with his 23 year old wife? It seems like lots has come out about Mason's problems, but not much about this...if it is true.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/30/11 - 02:53 pm
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it's gone to the da, river?
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it's gone to the da, river? where did you hear that?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/30/11 - 02:55 pm
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i've read in other sources or
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i've read in other sources or one anyway about the wife's family violence charge after this came up.
i find it an interesting point that joe neal is a former assistant da here in augusta.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 02:56 pm
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BSNM, heard what? I carefully

BSNM, heard what? I carefully phrase things to stay legal...ha, especially when dealing with a trial lawyer.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 02:57 pm
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BSNM, did you hear the wife

BSNM, did you hear the wife called the RCSO around the time this supposedly occurred? Broken windows and so on?

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 12/30/11 - 02:57 pm
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Riverman, I can't imagine his

Riverman, I can't imagine his wife or the rest of his family is thrilled with this either.

If it turns out to be factual, all involved will have a lot to deal with. Fact or fiction, his reputation takes a huge hit.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 02:59 pm
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Points, I think his wife is

Points, I think his wife is already less than thrilled.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/30/11 - 03:00 pm
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river, i read about neal's
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river, i read about neal's wife slamming neal's head into a door and kicking or punching glass.
I have not heard that this has made it to the da yet. i'd like to understand the process and when it will or if it has or what they're waiting on.

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 12/30/11 - 03:00 pm
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Which one :-)

Which one :-)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 03:01 pm
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BSNM, do you know exactly

BSNM, do you know exactly when his wife called the police? Were there injuries and broken windows? Did she call them before the date of this supposed incident or just after?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/30/11 - 03:03 pm
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i don't know who called the
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i don't know who called the police in the door/glass incident. i believe the wife was charged with a couple things including family violence.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 03:03 pm
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BSNM, the way I've heard it

BSNM, the way I've heard it is the evidence has been presented to the DA to decide what to do. That's not unusual. The same thing was done with Scott Dean.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/30/11 - 03:04 pm
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i hadn't heard it's left the
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i hadn't heard it's left the rcso yet.
I believe the door/glass iincident was a day after the incident report on in which neal is a rape suspect. but not totally certain.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 03:07 pm
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BSNM, I think that time line

BSNM, I think that time line is accurate. Points, how many times has Neal been married? He's 43 and this wife is 23, right?

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 12/30/11 - 03:11 pm
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Not sure of his age, 43

Not sure of his age, 43 sounds close. IIRC, she is #3. Sad. As I stated before, even if the charges are false, he will suffer, as will his kids. If true, he deserves what he gets, the kids don't.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 03:11 pm
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Well, it's one thing with a

Well, it's one thing with a spouse saying her husband grabbed her or something, but this is a whole other thing here.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/30/11 - 03:12 pm
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Riverman, from WRDW... Neal's

Riverman, from WRDW...

Neal's wife, 23-year-old Caroline Caldwell Neal, was arrested just a day later after a verbal altercation with her husband.

In the incident report, Neal claims his wife hit and scratched him in front of his 13-year-old son. The deputy found scratches on his arm and bicep. His wife also had scratches on her hand that Neal and his son say happened when she punched a glass door.

She was taken to the hospital and, after she was released, was arrested for simple battery-family violence charges.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/30/11 - 03:13 pm
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I think it is going to far

I think it is going to far for the paper to begin publishing investigations. At the very least, it should not be newsworthy except for maybe gosip sections until a person is at least charged/arrested.

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