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Sexual Assault Unit
  The Sexual Assault Unit investigates all adult sexual assaults, including but not limited to Rapes, Sexual Assaults, Sexual Battery, Peeping Toms, Indecent Exposure and some other sex related cases. (Special Victims Division investigates cases involving victims and suspects under the age of 16.) The mission of the unit is to investigate, identify, apprehend  and assist in the prosecution of all suspects. The Sexual Assault Unit takes a proactive approach to the investigation of all cases, utilizing problem solving methods and models in an effort to educate the public to help in the prevention of these crimes.

Personnel

The Sexual Assault Unit is staffed by a Sergeant, an Investigative Technician and seven Detectives. One of these Detectives is assigned to the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit.  The office is staffed regularly from 7:30am to 9:30pm, Monday through Friday. One detective works on Saturday. Detectives work on a callback basis during overnight hours. 

To contact any member of the Sexual Assault Unit, you can send an e-mail by clicking on their name or call their desk number:

Sgt. Melanie Peacock   704.336.4188 
Det. Abby Banner     704.336.8279
Det. Mike Melendez    704.353.0560
Det. Laura Orlov     704.336.6052
Det. Carol Owens     704.336.6030
Det. Ashley Horton  704.336.7591
Det. Troy Armstrong (Cold Cases)  704.353.1744
 

Some Key Definitions of Terms

Forcible Rape
Definition:  The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person's will or not forcibly or against the person's will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Sex Offense
Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will or not forcibly or against the person's will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Sexual Assault With An Object
To use an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against the person's will or not forcibly or against the person's willi in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
 
Sexual Battery
The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will or not forcibly or against the person's will in instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

How to reduce your risk of being a sexual assault victim... 

What to do if you are confronted or have been victimized...


Victim Resources:
Rape Case Hotline:
704-375-9900 24HOUR  
  
Victim Assistance & Rape Crisis You are leaving the site.
704-332-9034  

Rape and Incest National Network You are leaving the site.
1-800-656-HOPE

National Sexual Violence Resource Center You are leaving the site.
1-877-739-3895
      
NC Victim Assistance Network You are leaving the site.
1-800-348-5068

NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault  You are leaving the site.        
1-919-956-9124

NC Crime Victims Compensation Commission You are leaving the site.
1-800-826-6200

Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification You are leaving the site.
1-877-NC-SAVAN  (1-877-627-2826)

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina You are leaving the site.
Crisis Line 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
Office 1-800-354-KIDS (1-800-354-5437)