Police in North Carolina say a Southern Pines woman was attempting to help a man by providing a place to stay during Hurricane Florence and was repaid for her kindness with a horrific sexual assault.
According to police, 37-year-old Freeman Scott Ireland — recently released from prison after serving a 20-year sentence for murder — was arrested this week on suspicion of second-degree forcible rape.
The alleged victim contacted police late Monday night and Ireland was still at the location when law enforcement arrived.
A police statement alleges that the suspect “sexually assaulted her while she was sleeping inside her home.”
Ireland remained behind bars with bond set at $500,000 as of the latest updates available.