Holshouser Hall rape charges dropped

Rape charges against UNC Charlotte student dropped due to lack of sufficient evidence

| April 7, 2017

Rape charges against Joshua Arford, the UNC Charlotte student accused of sexually assaulting another student in February, were dropped Friday by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

The victim, a 19-year-old female, accused 18-year-old Arford of raping her after leaving an an off-campus fraternity party with him. Witnesses confirmed that both students were intoxicated.

According to the district attorney’s office, the sexual intercourse was consensual at first but the victim asked Arford to stop after experiencing discomfort. She later told the sexual assault nurse examiner, “I believed he stopped but I don’t know.”

Second-degree rape cannot be proven because the victim told investigators that she wanted to have sexual intercourse and that the act began as consensual. The State requires that the act be by force or against the will of the victim to prove second-degree rape.

The State would have to proceed under a theory of mental incapaciation, which cannot be proven when the victim voluntarily causes their incapacitation, or proving that the victim was physically helpless, which the State has no evidence of since the victim does have memories of the evening and activity on her phone record during the time frame in question

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Alexandria Sands Alexandria is the News Editor for the Niner Times. She is a sophomore Communications major with a minor in Journalism. Alexandria has written and taken photographs for the Oak Island-Southport area newspaper, The State Port Pilot. She is a graduate of the Academy of Information Technology within Apex High School.

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  1. Concerned says:

    How unfortunate this ordeal must have been for this young man! False rape accusations seem to be a very scary and ugly growing trend in our country. The victim in this case being the young man has been crucified by the media before a thorough investigation. He had his name and reputation slandered due to the accuser’s (obvious to anyone reading this) false accusations. Why is this girl not being portrayed as the criminal that she is for ruining this young man’s life? She lie’s and he is arrested, tarred, and feathered by the media? I don’t think that her identity should be protected when he is obviously the victim in this case. This is gender bias. Why isn’t she being charged for sexual assault? He was also intoxicated as was she. This case was obviously not thoroughly investigated by the college or the police. Studies show that young men falsely accused of rape accusations may result in PTSD, anxiety, depression, and suicide. The false accuser, the real criminal, needs to be held accountable for her actions and should be publicly known to the media as a result of the damage she has inflicted on so many lives. There is a wonderful online support group called “Help Save Our Sons” for those young men and their families whom are falsely accused of sexual assault. Laws need to be changed to protect those falsely accused and to bring the lying accuser to justice. This is a discrace to women whom accutally are victims of this horribly violent and very real crime. It is not helping those women, it is harming them. Mothers of sons getting ready to go off to college, please warn them of this danger.

  2. Trey says:

    The above comments are excellent – the Title IX office and coordinator on campus should perhaps consider both sides of the issue when one is accused of sexual assault. Other college campuses have displayed posters and provided more education to students regarding the current laws that involve alcohol and sexual encounters. Perhaps the college should mandate that students watch the cautionary video together in their dorms. I have observed very little support and leadership from the Resident Advisors/Assistants in the dorms. UNCC could do a lot more to encourage discussion and education on this issue. The Title IX law and funding that comes to universities has swayed opinions now toward a gender bias against males. There are hundreds of news reports of other male college students across the country that have been falsely accused of crimes since the enhanced funding to Title IX programs that encourage colleges to provide more support to females and women’s issues.In fact, I have found at least 5 books published just on these issues. I recommend any college student or parent to check them out.

  3. Baffled says:

    Wow, charged, guilty until proven innocent, based on 2 intoxicated college students having consensual sex & one says “I believe he stopped, but I don’t know.” What country are we living in? Was any investigation even done before charging & persecuting this guy? I guess rights don’t matter if you’re a male college student. All the irreparable damage done to this young man & no consequences for the young woman, when it sounds like they did the exact same thing.This story was all over social media from the haters when the guy was accused. And where are all the comments from the haters now that the charges have been dismissed & the truth came out? Just smh.

Alexandria Sands Alexandria is the News Editor for the Niner Times. She is a sophomore Communications major with a minor in Journalism. Alexandria has written and taken photographs for the Oak Island-Southport area newspaper, The State Port Pilot. She is a graduate of the Academy of Information Technology within Apex High School.