Augusta attorney arrested on rape charge

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 5:12 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:56 AM
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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.

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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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Tots
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Tots 03/06/12 - 05:42 pm
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Do What???

Do What???

johnette4
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johnette4 03/06/12 - 05:48 pm
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So the nerw term for rape is

So the nerw term for rape is “carnal knowledge of her without her consent and against her will”??? WOW I need to change my major to journal law !?!?!

southern2
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southern2 03/06/12 - 05:58 pm
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Sounds like Joe is the one

Sounds like Joe is the one that got violated.

scorehouse
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scorehouse 03/06/12 - 06:22 pm
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say it ain't so joe, say it
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say it ain't so joe, say it ain't so?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/06/12 - 06:46 pm
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I want to know how his wife

I want to know how his wife did that guillotine like move on him and slammed his head in the sliding glass door?

my.voice
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my.voice 03/06/12 - 07:32 pm
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Rape is the act of a man

Rape is the act of a man having carnal knowledge of a woman who is not his wife without her consent, or with consent which has been extorted by threats or fear of bodily harm, or obtained by personating the woman’s husband, or by false and fraudulent representations as to the nature and quality of the act.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/07/12 - 12:10 pm
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Thumbs up to

Thumbs up to Caroline.

Sidebar to my thumbs down friends; you actually think she should not have divorced Neal?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/06/12 - 08:15 pm
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Joe is the FORMER President

Joe is the FORMER President of the Summerville Neighborhood Association.

And as far as Caroline goes...in the police report she was in on the tryst, BEFORE Joe is accused of "going where he wasn't invited".

This is in the incident report...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/06/12 - 08:26 pm
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Austin said, "And as far as

Austin said, "And as far as Caroline goes...in the police report she was in on the tryst, BEFORE Joe is accused of "going where he wasn't invited".

In on the "tryst." I bet you picked that word carefully. Ha.

proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 03/06/12 - 08:35 pm
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He obviously like 'em
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He obviously like 'em young!

Maybe his catch phrase should be "Get 'er young". (to paraphrase Larry)

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/06/12 - 08:36 pm
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Some here are confusing rape

Some here are confusing rape and statutory rape. Rape is sex without consent or consent exacted by force as noted above. If you are under the magic age (18 or 16 or whatever) you are deemed incapable of giving consent by statute, hence statutory rape even if the victim protests that she consented.
I think he is now toast, but let's all remember he is innocent until convicted or enters a plea.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/06/12 - 08:40 pm
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Dixieman, nowhere in

Dixieman, nowhere in jurisprudence does it say the public can't express opinions on the guilt of someone arrested. Only officers of the court have that requirement, but you knew that.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/06/12 - 08:53 pm
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In that case, Caroline may be

In that case, Caroline may be a witness. You have to wonder what drives people to throw their lives away. This was all so unnecessary. I feel for his children.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/06/12 - 09:47 pm
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This just in...Caroline has

This just in...Caroline has been indicted on the same charges. No idea why this info was not included...except perhaps that they could not find her...

raul
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raul 03/06/12 - 09:55 pm
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And I would think since they

And I would think since they are no longer married, they could testify againsit each other?

faithson
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faithson 03/06/12 - 11:57 pm
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the wages of sin... Joe is a

the wages of sin... Joe is a friend, and not the only man I have seen brought down by making a terrible decision. anyone who would gloat at the failings of another had better think twice, for we are ALL to face the judgment, some now for all to see, others before the ultimate court of justice, but WE, each and everyone of us will have our 'day in court'.

micbare
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micbare 03/07/12 - 12:10 am
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Free Joe Neal Jr. Now!!!!!!!!

Free Joe Neal Jr. Now!!!!!!!!

TParty
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TParty 03/07/12 - 12:23 am
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A 43 year old man and a 23

A 43 year old man and a 23 year old woman not working out in marriage? Who would have thunk it?! When his son was born, his future wife was only 10 at the time, how cute.

It was taught from day one in the Army to me, if a woman has been drinking she cannot consent to anything- so stay away. Maybe others who read this can heed that advice and pass it along to their friends.

Even if this guy is innocent- and it should be assumed until proven otherwise- if anyone ever googles his name I bet this article or one similar with the title "arrested on rape charge" will be the top hit. Just another reason to not to mess with people you don't know very well when alcohol is involved. And another reason hang out with people in your age group... trying to get it on with people 25 years younger than you is not healthy...

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cozzster 03/07/12 - 07:51 am
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Yeah, he looks like a rapist.
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Yeah, he looks like a rapist.

David Parker
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David Parker 03/07/12 - 08:51 am
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Sordid case. Somebody'll be

Sordid case. Somebody'll be sent up the river and if the other doesn't play their cards right, they'll be riding shottie.

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 03/07/12 - 09:00 am
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Well gosh, no surprises here.

Well gosh, no surprises here. The first clue, wife 20 years younger, the second, the characters involved. All of this sounds about right.

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augusta citizen 03/07/12 - 09:01 am
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I heard on WGAC this morning

I heard on WGAC this morning that his ex-wife had been indicted on same charges too. Unbelieveable how people can mess up their lives so bad.

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Willow Bailey 03/07/12 - 09:09 am
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TParty, I was agreeing with

TParty, I was agreeing with you until the end of which I shall add: another reason for not becoming intoxicated and another reason for getting sexual needs met within a marriage.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/07/12 - 09:16 am
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I am sorry to hear about the

I am sorry to hear about the latest update from Austin regarding Caroline's possible involvement. I do feel the jury should take into consideration the influence the daddy husband had over the child bride. All of this certainly makes a great case in point of following a higher calling.

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SAPCS 03/07/12 - 09:27 am
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At 23 years old, I was bright

At 23 years old, I was bright enough not to let any man--daddy or husband--influence me to participate in a sexual assault on another woman. I also take issue with calling a 23 year old a "child bride."

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 03/07/12 - 09:47 am
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SAPCS don't take exception to

SAPCS don't take exception to the child bride reference. If your husband was old enough to be your father then you would indeed be the equivalent of a child bride.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/07/12 - 09:50 am
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SAPCS, just because you may

SAPCS, just because you may not struggle in some area, doesn't mean someone else doesn't. I don't think it would have been a problem for me at 23 or 43. And yes, a 23 year old woman will be a very immature bride. I know this from being a 23 year old bride myself and I can tell you that every 10 years is huge growth in anyone's life. Mr. Neal's age, influence, experience, education, position and control over Caroline, should be taken into consideration. His position as husband is to love and protect his wife, not lead her into trouble.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/07/12 - 11:07 am
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Just goes to show the old

Just goes to show the old saying is true: "Two's company, three is...." er, well, better left unsaid.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/07/12 - 12:04 pm
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@Dixieman, I think you have

@Dixieman, I think you have got it! Sounds like a threesome that went bad after too much partying!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/07/12 - 12:08 pm
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How about another one,

How about another one, Dixieman, you reap what you sow. Glad it wasn't one of your daughters...

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