CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and Mecklenburg County prosecutors are livid after a man they say raped a woman 30 years ago was set free on $5,000 bond.
Investigators say 60-year-old Roger Dale Honeycutt entered a home on Eastway Drive in 1981 and raped a pregnant woman who had fallen asleep in her living room while her husband was asleep upstairs. For nearly three decades the case went unsolved.
But weeks ago, armed with new DNA evidence, police charged Honeycutt with the crime. He was arrested and his bond was set at $150,000. But according to police, on Friday Judge Reagan Miller reduced Honeycutt s bond to $5,000.
We caught up with Judge Miller in front of his house Monday. I don't remember the case. There are hundreds of cases on the docket, said Miller. He told us he was unable to discuss specifics about any case.
Police close to the case say Honeycutt is a flight risk. They also requested that he be forced to wear an electronic monitoring device, a request denied by Miller.
We had requested they put on an electronic monitoring device since he was a registered sex offender and a pedophile, said Sgt. Darrell Price of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
In addition to the rape charge, Honeycutt is on federal probation for a 2005 child pornography charge. According to a federal indictment, he took pictures of a topless 13-year-old girl and transported the girl across state lines.
Price believes Honeycutt may try to run. He's 60 and if convicted he could spend the rest of his years in prison. If that were me, I'd take that into consideration whether I ran or not, said Price.
It's a lot for sexual assault victims to come forward, he added.
Price called the reduced bond a slap in the face to victims.