The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 11, 2011

Athens man charged with raping mentally handicapped woman

By Jean Cole and Adam Smith

— An Athens man is in the Limestone County Jail, accused of raping a 17-year-old mentally challenged woman.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said Michael Wayne Prince, 42, of 13339 Summerfield Drive, was arrested Thursday night and charged with two counts of second-degree rape and one count of sexual abuse, records show.

Blakely said an investigation was opened after the sheriff’s department received a call from a person who knew the victim.

The sheriff said when investigators questioned the accused, “Mr. Prince admitted to his perversion.”

Under Alabama law, second-degree rape occurs when:

• A person age 16 or older engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex who is under 16 and over 12, assuming the person is at least two years older than the victim.

• A person engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex who is incapable of consent by reason of mental defective.

Second-degree rape is a Class B felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Second-degree sexual abuse is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in the county jail or a $2,000 fine, or both.

Prince is not listed as a registered sex offender on either the Alabama Department of Public Safety sex offender registry or the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.

Prince was in the Limestone County Jail Friday, with bail set at $40,000.