Raleigh, NC Pair Charged With Sodomy

Jim Burroway

May 25th, 2008

… even though Lawrence vs. Texas invalidated out all sodomy laws in the U.S. nearly five years ago.

What’s worse, Nelson Keith Sloan, 40, was charged after calling police to his apartment complaining of an assault. Also charged, Ryan Christopher Flynn, 25, who was also charged with assault in addition to sodomy.

Flynn is using the “he asked for it” defense, claiming that they were engaging in rough “consensual” sex, a claim that Sloan denies.

“I didn’t allow anything,” he said Saturday after being reached at home by phone. “They knew it and turned it around and arrested me. I have never been so humiliated in all my life. It’s just awful.”

Police did not charge Flynn with any sort of sexual assault.

Sloan’s outrage is completely justified. When someone is attacked and calls the police, the last thing that person expects is to be charged with a crime — in this case, a nonexistent one — unless the complainant filed a false report. One wonders how Raleigh police and the D.A. would have handled this had this been a woman attacked by a man.


Pam Spaulding has more background on recent attempts to wipe this anachronistic law off the books.

Mike Airhart

May 25th, 2008

Acchhem, Raleigh is in North Carolina. :-)

Jesus is a Liberal

May 25th, 2008

Raleigh is in West Virginia, between Charleston, West Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia

Jesus is a Liberal

May 25th, 2008

This one is in NC, though: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/crime_safety/story/1084201.html

Jim Burroway

May 25th, 2008

It is in NC. I changed the title to NC before publishing it, but I was struggling with a really bad internet connection at the hotel. Apparently, my change didn’t take.

Sorry for the confusion.

L. Junius Brutus

May 25th, 2008

Lawrence v. Texas didn’t remove the laws from the books, it merely barred the state from enforcing them when it happens in private. Now if the circumstances are similar, the state may try to enforce it, but no judge will ever convict them. Even if some renegade judge does, they could take it to a federal district court and have it strike down their conviction, or appeal to a higher NC court.

Lawrence didn’t provide an immediate cure for all problems, but it did provide the tool with which all can be solved.


May 25th, 2008

“When someone is attacked and calls the police, the last thing that person expects is to be charged with a crime”.

Yeah, you would think.

Try asking just about any MAN who has ever called the police when his wife or girlfriend physically assaulted him; it’s not the last thing that they expect.


June 1st, 2008

The DA has dropped charges. N&O story here

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