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January 6, 2014

Warrenton waitress’ rapist gets 3 life sentences

File Photo/Ellen Fox Emerson
Rodney Carter enters the courthouse in October.
Rodney Carter had seven felony convictions and got released from prison not long before he abducted and raped the woman in downtown Warrenton.
She is a hero. There is no doubt that her inner strength, working with police to retrace the steps of her abduction immediately after being abducted and raped saved future victims.
— Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher about the victim
A local man got three life sentences in prison Monday for the brutal abduction and rape of a waitress in downtown Warrenton.

Rodney Carter, 47, received the maximum punishment from Fauquier County Circuit Court Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr.

Mr. Carter in May pleaded guilty but tried unsuccessfully to withdraw the pleas in November.

He abducted the 20-year-old woman at knifepoint the night of Aug. 14, 2011, as she walked to her car in a public parking lot after work at the Iron Bridge Wine Co. on Main Street.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Mr. Carter twice raped the woman, the second time in his basement apartment at 34 Warrenton Blvd. He forced her to shower and drive her car back toward Main Street, where the rapist jumped out and ran.

The victim, who has since married and moved to another state, returned to Warrenton to testify at Monday morning’s sentencing hearing.

From the witness stand, she detailed the physical and emotional toll of Mr. Carter’s crimes.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Siegel played the 911 call the victim made after her attacker fled.

Arguing for the maximum sentence, Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher called the rapist “a dangerous man” who needed to “be separated from society” for as long as possible.

“She is a hero,” Mr. Fisher said of the victim. “There is no doubt that her inner strength, working with police to retrace the steps of her abduction immediately after being abducted and raped saved future victims.”

Warrenton police worked through the night and found Mr. Carter in the apartment he had just rented.

In pronouncing the sentence, Judge Whisenant called the crimes “horrifying.”

Previously convicted of seven felonies, the rapist had been out of prison only briefly before committing the August 2011 crimes.

Mr. Fisher noted the previous crimes took place before Virginia abolished parole in 1995.

The defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of abduction in May. The judge imposed a life sentence for each charge.
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Tell It Like It Is · January 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm
Parker was not on the bench on this one. Perhaps that's why justice was actually served.
Some notes for the less informed.
Uh....No · January 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm
Mr. Hunter, I agree, FCPD seems lazy. Good thing they had 4 officers on Carter. If the chance presented itself he might have been able to outrun two or three of them in leggings! Looking at the photo a few of our fine FCPD gents should consider a bypass around the donut shop and schedule a stop or 52 at the gym.

In-reality judges? Absolutely as I believe Parker is not one. Sorry Jeff and I would quote one thing that you said to me one time that makes about as much sense as Washington and Oduma make at times but probably should make sure it's in print first. But then this is only my opinion as "I believe" it. You ever consider retirement?

Charlie Ray Fox, your a good man. Forget about the small stuff and get to work on our "real" problems in this county. You know, the ones that no one wants to talk about and admit that they are "real" problems because this is such a nice community it could not happen here and folks should not really know that its a "real" problem and might send the wrong impression to newcomers if they knew what "real" problems we do have or that are on the brink as Mr. Hunter has suggested of becoming "real" problems.

Mr. Hunter, as far as treatment for drug addicts and more social services? I disagree. You can pay for that $@#! with your tax dollars but not with mine! I'm already paying for jails that are better than some hotels. We are all adults and know wrong from right. Do the crime, do the time. Sucks to be a criminal by if they haven't it figured out, though. They made their bed now lay in it. Maybe they'll grow up and get out early with good behavior.

Jim Fisher good job. Hope it sticks this time!
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