By Calvin Palmer
A 25-year-old North Carolina husband was arrested yesterday accused of arranging through Craigslist for his wife to be raped by another man while he watched.
Police in Kannapolis, about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte, were sifting through computer and phone records and pursuing a “strong lead” in the search for the attacker.
The husband, who is not being named to protect the victim’s identity, is being held in jail on $200,000 bond and has been charged with first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual offense and attempted first-degree sexual offense.
Capt Chuck Adams, one of the lead investigators, said police were pursuing a suspect but declined to disclose more details. “It’s a strong lead,” he said.
Police said they believe the husband found the attacker by responding to at least two personal ads on Craigslist.
Adams said the husband found the ad while searching through the “erotic services” ads for someone to have sex with his wife. Craigslist replaced that section with an “adult services” category that is screened under the changes the company announced last month following a meeting attorney generals from Illinois, Connecticut and Missouri.
It is not known if the husband paid the other man.
The wife called 911 Sunday and reported a man with a knife raped her in the bedroom of their home. Police said the husband was in the room at the time of the attack.
Authorities said the couple’s two young children were at home, but unaware of what was happening.
Police believe the husband arranged the assault without his wife’s knowledge or consent.
“The guy is just a freak,” Adams said about the husband.
The woman had no serious injuries, but she was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast for an examination and an interview.
Investigators became suspicious of the husband when his statement did not add up and there were no signs of a forced entry at the house.
Craigslist spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best said: “We share the public’s horror that such a crime was committed, and our heart goes out to the victim.”