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Sheriff: Man caught raping passed out dancer in church parking lot

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Deputies in Cleveland County reportedly caught a man raping an exotic dancer in the back of a car in the parking lot of a church.

According to the report, the incident happened on Dec. 21 in the parking lot of a church along Oak Grove Road.

Sheriff Alan Norman says the man, James Edward Locust was at a strip club in Gastonia on December 20.

Locust was friends with a 31-year-old dancer and agreed to give her a ride home. He was reportedly intoxicated so he called a friend to give him and the dancer a ride home.

According to the report, the dancer passed out in the vehicle, from using drugs and alcohol, and Locust started touching the woman and tried to take off her pants.

The driver reportedly told Locust to stop and during the ordeal became lost.

That's when the report says the driver pulled into a parking lot of a church around 1 a.m.

Officers were nearby conducting a license check and saw the car in the parking lot.

According to the report, officers saw the man outside of his car, sobbing. He told police that Locust was raping a woman in his car.

Locust was arrested and charged with first-degree rape.

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