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February 2, 2013 - 7:00pm

Alabama man accused of raping woman during argument

posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, Alabama.

A 21-year-old Alabama man remains in jail, accused of rape, after he allegedly forced a woman he knew into sexual intercourse as his way to settle an argument.

The man is accused both of forced intercourse and forced sexual contact, according to State Police.

Matthew R. Smith, of Lewiston Road, is charged with rape in the first degree and sexual abuse in the first degree.

He was jailed on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to reappear in Alabama Town Court at 1 p.m., Feb. 7.

Smith has been ordered to have absolutely no contact with the woman.

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About the only possible 'rehabilitation' I can see for this pile o' poop HAS to include a bi-lateral orchiectomy. I'd volunteer to perform the procedure...

(EDIT: Please see post #7 below...)

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Yes, because after all this is America. And we are all now guilty until proven innocent. Having your insight must be a burden at times knowing the truth about every incident. Now, of course I don't know this person, or the girl. But I will say that I do know certainly that people have been charged and held incorrectly. How do you know for sure he is guilty and the girl he was sleeping with didn't have a change of heart after a bad breakup and decide to get back at him? People never give false reports to police right?You don't. The same way you don't know that he is in fact guilty and the pile of garbage that he is portrayed to be. Save the judgement for the judge and jury. In this country thanks to plea deals and the system trying to avoid trial at all cost, you will never know the truth without being there.

Now, to my own comment. If he is found guilty I hope he see's the punishment described above. :P

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Matt ~ I couldn't have said it better!
I agree, if he is guilt the punishment should be swift and severe!

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I have heard of "Make up Sex", via Jerry Seinfeld, but this is ridiulous....

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i,as a man,have had a fear of this charge being lodged against me.i would never ever do such a thing,but to be accused would be aweful.as you can see by john's statement above,to some people all you have to be is accused and you are guilty.
you could have your day in court and be found innocent of all charges,however there will those that say"he got away with it". why is it the accused gets his picture and name posted, while the accuser remains anonomous? i think when the accused is found innocent,the accuser's photo and name should be published,after all they are no longer a victim.

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Wow... Talk about rushing to judgment! lol... I, better than most, understand this COMPLETELY! (Many years ago I was accused of molesting a 3 y.o. child. Within 2 months, it was proven that the girls father was the one doing it, yet I lived with the condemnation of many people even after the real perpetrator had been convicted. NYS law also required that I be "investigatable" in other cases of molestation until this girl turned 18. Nor do the facts make a difference to many people who STILL think I am a molester...)
What I spoke of in the earlier post was said with the unspoken understanding that due process had been followed... I am a patriot who believes in all that our Constitution enumerates, and a fair trial is part of that. Though I do understand that many folks don't run with that understanding as a part of their thinking, so their response to my post assumes that I don't either!
As a result of the knee-jerk reactions to my post, I would HIGHLY recommend that no-one ever posts something here when they are in a hurry...
(Though as a successful and thorough student of human behaviour, I understand that when crimes like this happen, they usually are exactly what they are reported to be... Though I do also admit that there ARE cases of innocent people being charged with something they didn't do. See above.) In these cases, the real criminal, being the one who made the false report, should face the same penalties their victim received, as Mr. Spaulding discussed in his post...

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Normally I disagree with Mr. Spaulding and Mr. Stone on issues but in this they are correct. Crimes like these people tend to make judgement quickly without the facts. The way the system works its all about the victims and their rights and protections, at the expense of the accused sometimes. People who lodge these types of accusations sometimes know full well the what and how of how these things are handled and use the system to seek revenge or hurt someone. I have come across quite a few women who claim to have done this as teens and young adults. Know of a few male friends victimized in such a way too. Mr. Spaulding's suggestion at the victim's id being made public especially if it's the second or more times of the victim's having been in court for the same type of charges. This would nip this type of thing in the bud. And not enable shady women from using this tact to trap men. Its not a perfect solution but with how public the offenders accusations are made if he is found not guilty or charges are dropped it's only fair.

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http://www.douglasarthur.info/

In a study that span nine years, sociologist Eugene J. Kanins findings were that in the United States, 41% of rape allegations are false. Kanin discovered that most of the false accusers were motivated by a need for an alibi or seeking revenge.

Kanins' study may be flawed, but the FBI puts it @ 8%.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_accusation_of_rape

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The majority of sexual assaults are not reported to the authorities.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports that the majority of rapes and sexual assaults perpetrated against women and girls in the United States between 1992 and 2000 were not reported to the police. Only 36 percent of rapes, 34 percent of attempted rapes, and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported. [3] Reasons for not reporting assault vary among individuals, but one study identified the following as common: [4]
-Self-blame or guilt.
-Shame, embarrassment, or desire to keep the assault a private matter.
-Humiliation or fear of the perpetrator or other individual's perceptions.
-Fear of not being believed or of being accused of playing a role in the crime.
-Lack of trust in the criminal justice system.

[3] Rennison, C.M. Rape and Sexual Assault: Reporting to Police and Medical Attention, 1992–2000. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, August 2002, NCJ 194530.
[4] Du Mont, J., K.L. Miller, and T.L. Myhr. "The Role of 'Real Rape' and 'Real Victim' Stereotypes in the Police Reporting Practices of Sexually Assaulted Women." Violence Against Women 9(4)(April 2003): 466–486.

http://www.nij.gov/nij/topics/crime/rape-sexual-violence/rape-notificati...

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if the rapes and assaults were not reported, how does the (BJS) know they happened?

just another government agency trying to justify its existence.

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So is it possible out of the 36% that are raped, 34% attempted, and 26% of sexual assaults that, 41% are falsely accused because, of personal agendas whether they are revenge or abides to cover up one's participation or relationship indiscretions (i.e. marriage, committed relationships)? Rape and Sexual Assault is not a joking matter but, we do know that there are those who cry wolf. As you have seen different statistics and percentages. Doug has shown one and you another. Heck even our President is playing the statistic and percentage game. If, this individual is proven guilty beyond a reasonible doubt, he deserves a severe punishment.

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