Augusta attorney arrested on rape charge

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Augusta lawyer Joseph Neal Jr. and his former wife were both indicted  Tuesday on charges of rape and furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to Richmond County sheriff’s investigators and court records.

Neal will be held without bond until a Superior Court judge sets one, a Richmond County jail spokesman said.

An 18-year-old woman told police Dec. 20 that four days earlier Neal, 43, had given her four or 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.

According to an indictment returned by the Richmond County grand jury Tuesday, both Neal and Caroline Caldwell Neal are accused  in the Dec. 16 crimes.

According to the Richmond County Superior Court Web site, the couple divorced recently. They had filed twice before, in August and October 2011, which were both voluntarily dismissed.  A settlement was reached in the third case filed in January and finalized Feb. 16.

– From staff reports

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