Walmart Kidnapping And Rape Suspect A Registered Sex Offender

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Robert Jeremy Haynes, Mt. Airy PD

Greensboro, NC -- Robert Haynes was arrested just a day after police say he kidnapped a woman from a Walmart in Winston-Salem, forced her to drive to Mr. Airy and raped her.

It was also just three months after Haynes was released from prison for indecent liberties with a minor.

But if you look on the state sex offender website where it's supposed to list the Haynes' address, it says "unknown."

We can't say exactly what that means. But we can say other offenders' addresses are clearly listed on that website.

Another matter to question is the fact Haynes has a lengthy criminal record dating back nine years. He's only 26-years-old.

His record includes convictions for assault on a female, public intoxication, possession of stolen goods, among other charges.

The key to remember is all those convictions are misdemeanors.

And that helps answer one of our main questions. How is it that Haynes only served a little more than a year for indecent liberties with a minor?

Former District Judge Lawrence McSwain said since Haynes did not have a felony on his record, indecent liberties would not carry a lengthy sentence.

McSwain also said indecent liberties is the lowest level sex offense in the state statute.

So why not GPS monitoring for Haynes?

McSwain said that's up to the judge after a request from the prosecutor. And he said that request is not likely in a case like Haynes' where there is no felony record.

Judge McSwain and attorney Joel Oakley both say there's not much the justice system can do to prevent a case like what Haynes faces charges for.

They say when criminals want to commit crime, they will get beyond monitoring and no length of sentence can guarantee they won't turn back to crime.

WFMY News2

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