Pitt Co. teen found guilty of statutory rape and abduction charges

Pitt Co. teen facing abduction, statutory rape charges (Image 1)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Raul Diaz was found guilty of three counts of statutory rape, four counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor and one count of abduction of a child in 2015.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said the 14-year-old victim and Diaz knew one another. Diaz drove the victim from to Texas and Oklahoma. The victim was located by officials in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The defendant was arrested and transported back to Pitt County.

The abduction occurred on April 14, 2015, and Diaz was arrested over a month later on May 20. He was sentenced to 5-to-11 years in prison. Diaz will serve three years supervised probation after his active sentence.

“This case demonstrates the commitment of our office to protect vulnerable victims. We thank the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and their dedication. The Sheriff’s Office worked tirelessly to locate the victim and to effect the arrest of Diaz,” said assistant district attorney Jay Saunders.

Previous Story on 6/1/2015: 

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Pitt County teenager remains in jail after going before a judge Monday on abduction and statutory rape charges.

19-year-old Raul Diaz is accused of running away with his 14-year-old girlfriend in April. Her mother knew she was leaving with him, but reported her missing last month, afraid she may be in danger.

Authorities found the North Pitt High School pair in Tulsa County, Oklahoma in May.

Diaz is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond.

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