TUSCUMBIA — A Colbert County man who has avoided law enforcement officials for 17 months has been taken into custody and charged with first-degree rape, authorities said Friday.
Odis O’Neal Stanback, 52, 809 N. Nashville Ave., Sheffield, was indicted in September 2011 and is charged with first-degree rape, Sheffield police said.
Authorities said Stanback reportedly raped a woman at his house in 2010.
Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May said deputies have been searching for Stanback since the indictment was released.
Sheffield police Capt. Scott Wallace said Stanback is accused of calling a woman he knows and asking her to come to his house and give him a haircut.
She told police that Stanback started making advances toward her. When she refused, she told investigators that Stanback forced her down on the couch and raped her.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network officials said every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey shows more than 200,000 people are raped and sexually assaulted each year.
Network officials said it is not uncommon for rape victims to know their attacker.
Stanback is being held in the Colbert County Jail on a property bond of $100,000.
First-degree rape is a Class A felony and is punishable by 10 years to life in prison, if convicted.
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