Son of accused killer accused of drugging, raping teen, police say | Crime
GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The son of a man accused of killing three women is now behind bars himself, charged with raping a teenage girl.
According to Gaston County Police, 24-year-old Michael Anthony Hembree was booked in the Gaston County jail on Friday afternoon at 3:12 p.m., charged with 2nd degree rape. Hembree is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old, according to Capt. J.W. Human with Gaston County Police.
Hembree is the son of 49-year-old Danny Hembree Junior, charged with killing three women. Hembree has been convicted on robbery charges and is waiting the trial on the three murder charges. The first of the charges is expected to go to trial in October.
According to police, Michael Hembree is accused of raping the 16-year-old on July 6th. Police say Hembree and the victim knew each other, having worked with one another, police say. Officers say the teenager was at a party when Hembree took her to his home on Oakstone Circle.
The teen then claims that Hembree slipped her some drugs and there is a period of time that she doesn't know what happened, police told WBTV. The girl told police that she slipped in and out of consciousness and later became aware that she'd been raped.
This is not Hembree's first arrest in Gaston County. In October 2010, he was charged with Larceny by an employee and in October 2009 he was charged with violating a domestic violence protection order.
Police say the alleged rape happened next door to the house where Hembree's father lived when he was charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
Danny Hembree is accused of killing 17-year-old Heather Marie Catterton and 30-year-old Randi Dean Saldana in 2009 and 30-year-old Deborah Denise Ratchford in 1992.
Catteron and Saldana's bodies were burned and dumped in York County in 2009.
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