Elizabethton man charged with rape

By Kathy Helms-Hughes

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   An Elizabethton man charged with rape of a female child in 1998, but not convicted, was charged Saturday with the rape of an adult female following an incident in Roan Mountain.
   According to Carter County Sheriff's Department Investigator Sgt. George Skeans, the victim stated that a male subject, identified as George W. Greene Jr., 35, 822 Walnut St., had asked her to give him a ride from Johnson City to Days' Inn Motel, 505 W. Elk Ave. The victim agreed after her brother also asked her to give Greene a ride.
   Upon arriving at Day's Inn, the victim said Greene could not find the key to his motel room and asked her whether she would give him a ride to Roan Mountain if he put gasoline in her car. She agreed and drove to Tiger Creek Road, across Ripshin Mountain and back out onto U.S. Highway 19E near White Way Grill. The victim was then directed to go to the Appco station where gasoline was purchased for the vehicle.
   According to the report, after leaving the Appco, the victim said she was directed back onto Ripshin Mountain Road, where Greene said she could drop him off at his campsite. They traveled down a gravel road to Peters Cemetery, after which Greene refused to get out of the vehicle. The victim said he grabbed the keys from the ignition and ordered her to perform oral sex, which she refused. He then allegedly forced her to perform sexual acts and threatened to kill her, her parents, and her brother if she reported the incident, according to the report.
   Greene was arrested Saturday and his bond set at $25,000. It was reduced to $5,000 Monday in General Sessions Court and a no-contact order issued. Greene was still being held Thursday afternoon in Carter County Jail.
   On April 1, 1998, Greene was arrested following investigation by Sgt. Randy Bowers and charged with two counts of rape and one count of incest. The victim told the officer that she and Greene traveled to Rasnick Hollow on a bicycle and walked into the woods. According to the victim, Greene -- a relative -- handcuffed her hands behind her back, blindfolded her with a shirt, then had sex with her and made her perform oral sex.
   The victim was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital after telling her mother about the incident the following day. A test was performed and sperm detected. The victim also had red marks on each wrist and scratches on her lower back.
   Charges against Greene were dismissed after the victim recanted her story just before going to trial, according to the sheriff's department. Jail records indicate Greene was arrested on the rape charges about two weeks after he was released from prison.
   He was convicted in March 12, 1990, in Sullivan County of two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; assault and resisting arrest on July 9, 1990, in General Sessions Court in Bristol; escape, July 25, 1990, in General Sessions Court in Bristol; possession of legend drugs in jail following a Sept. 29, 1990 charge; and theft over $1,000 on Dec. 14, 1994, in Sullivan County Criminal Court.