This is a very disturbing news story about a near-deadly overreaction to a mere accusation of rape. Readers of this blog will recognize the scenario -- we've seen the same thing many times.
A 15-year-old girl told her father, David Ray Mills, and a 20-year-old man, Andre Dickerson, that another 20-year-old man had raped her twice in November 2012.
On January 13, 2013, at about 10 p.m., the girl and the two men sent a text message to the man the girl accused of rape, inviting the victim to the park. The girl, a female friend of hers, and the two men, walked to the park to meet the victim, who showed up at about 10:30 p.m., driving his mother’s minivan.
The girls summoned the victim to the restroom area, and asked him to wait as they used the restroom. At the prompting of the girl, Dickerson, who had been hiding nearby, began assaulting the victim with a wooden baseball bat. The girls had brought the bat to the park.
The victim told police he was hit approximately 10 to 15 times with the bat before Dickerson stopped and began smashing the windows of his mother’s car.
The beaten victim drove home, where his mother found him sitting in the driveway. He was treated a short time later at a local medical center for injuries that included five head lacerations, a torn left eardrum, a knocked-out tooth, a broken shoulder and a broken hand.
In an interview on Jan. 18, Mills allegedly changed his previous story and admitted to hiding behind a dumpster, “where he watched the entire incident with the use of a scope.”
The girl, and eventually her father, admitted to walking home from the park and “acting like nothing happened,” according to the warrant statement. They were both arrested. Dickerson, who pleaded not guilty Jan. 23, remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail. Mills has yet to be taken into custody. The rape allegations are being investigated. It was unclear if the girl’s friend, also a minor, will be charged in the case.