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County Manager: 'We were never contacted' after subcontractor accused in campus rapes

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Mecklenburg's County Manager says the county was never contacted after a subcontractor on a county-managed project was accused of raping two women near the campus of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in 2013.
 
In an email to the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners obtained by WBTV, County Manager Dena Diorio said the contractor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and campus police never contacted anyone with the county.
 
The alleged rapes happened in October 2013 about a block from the JCSU campus.
 
According to a police release sent in November 2013, 43-year-old Frederick Eugene Sullivan was arrested for two separate sexual assault cases.
 
On Saturday, October 26, a victim told police that she was sexually assaulted on Campus Street by a man she knew. Then on Thursday, October 31, a second victim told police that she was also sexually assaulted along Campus Street.
 
Both women identified Sullivan as their attacker, police told WBTV.
 
Police arrested Sullivan on November 1. He was interviewed by detectives who determined that both of the victims were acquaintances of his.
 
He's currently being held on a bond of $1.3 million-plus on 33 charges ranging from second-degree rape, assault by strangulation, kidnapping, second degree sexual assault, assault on a female and not paying child support.
 
In her email, Diorio told commissioners that a subcontractor hired as part of the restoration of the Davis House on the campus of JCSU was accused in the rapes. The George E. Davis House is located at 301 Campus Street.
 
"As you know this was a project of the Historic Landmarks Commission and County staff manage construction projects on behalf of the Commission," Diorio told commissioners in the email.
 
According to Diorio, Roby Construction was hired for the Davis House project. The company hired Trojan Labor as a subcontractor to perform site clean-up work on the project.
 
JCSU's website says the restoration is a $800,000 project in conjunction with the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Restoration work began in 2013 on the project.
 
"In October 2013, an employee of the subcontractor raped two women in the construction trailer at the site. One was a JCSU student," Diorio said in her email. "The employee apparently has a long criminal history involving sexual assaults  and it is unclear why he is not in prison."
 
Diorio said she'd been asked about the County's procedures for doing background checks of employees of contractors and sub-contractors.
 
"We currently do not do background checks on these employees nor do we require it of our contractors," she explained to commissioners. "When we do construction projects at the jail or courthouse the Sheriff's performs background checks on the employees of contractors due to the sensitive nature of these facilities."
 
Diorio says the contractor did not inform the County that the alleged rapes and arrest had happened.
 
"They indicated that they were told by CMPD and JCSU police that they would notify all impacted parties. We were never contacted by CMPD or JCSU police."
 
WBTV is working to find out more about the incident.
 
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