Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Augusta Attorney Joseph R. Neal Jr. Indicted for Rape
The Grand Jury has indicted Augusta attorney Joseph Neal Jr. on a felony rape charge today, and he is being booked at this hour into the Richmond County Jail.
Neal was picked up from this office after the indictment.
The grand jury also indicted Neal on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21, a misdemeanor, sources tell us.
The indictments come after a report by an 18-year-old female that she was provided alcohol and marijuana before Neal "had carnal knowledge of her without her consent and against her will."
The teen told authorities that she was visiting Neal's home on 2240 Kings Way on the evening of Dec. 16 when "she was given 4 to 5 alcohol drinks and marijuana, causing her to become intoxicated," the report says.
The woman then claims Neal sexually assaulted her during her intoxicated state. The woman described Neal as an "acquaintance," but we were told she was a babysitter.
Neal is expected to be held at the jail without bond until a bond hearing.