Richmond County man charged with rape twice in 14 months

By: By William R. Toler -

ROCKINGHAM — A man with a history of assaults — spending the better part of the last 16 years behind bars — is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor rape-related charges.

According to records with the Richmond County Jail and the N.C. Court System, 49-year-old Lency Donnell August has been charged with four counts of first-degree forcible rape, one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of committing a crime against nature and possession of a firearm by a felon — all felonies.

August is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a female and assault by pointing a gun.

He was booked into jail at 2:59 a.m. Tuesday morning under a $755,000 secured bond, records show, and is scheduled to appear in Richmond County District Court on April 6.

Details of the alleged crimes were not available Wednesday evening as the warrants had not been returned to the clerk of court’s office and calls to the Rockingham Police Department were not returned.

August was brought up on similar charges — first-degree forcible rape, first-degree kidnapping and assault inflicting serious bodily injury — by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office last February, accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Dobbins Heights. He was also charged with misdemeanor larceny for allegedly stealing more than $50 worth of assorted men’s shirts from Walmart.

Court records show he was convicted Oct. 12, 2016 on a single misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment — all other charges were dismissed — and given a 120-day active sentence. Factoring in time served, August was released from jail Nov. 21.

August was released from prison in November 2015 — serving six months on a post-release revocation — nearly eight months after being released from a 15-month sentence on an obtaining property by false pretenses conviction in 2013, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

Records show August has a list of aliases, including Leroy, Deedee, Mr. August, Satisfy and Trageds.

Prior to that, August spent nearly 8½ years behind bars following a conviction on felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and being a habitual felon in 2002. He wasn’t free seven months before being locked back up for 6½ months on a post-release revocation in 2011.

August was incarcerated for nearly 4 months in early 2002 after his probation was revoked on misdemeanor charges —larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon — in Moore County just three months before.

He also served 14 months after his probation was revoked on a felony breaking and entering conviction. Records show the crime occurred about 6 months after he was released from serving 18½ months following a probation revocation on multiple felony charges: two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering.

In 1990, August was convicted on one count each of felony and misdemeanor breaking and entering, serving a 6-month split sentence. Less than six months later, he was convicted of common-law robbery.

While serving nearly 4½ years for that crime, he was also convicted on a charge of receiving stolen goods in Union County, as well as two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle and a count of possession of a firearm by a felon in Richmond County.

After being released in May of 1996, August was convicted later that month of simple assault. A few months later, he was back behind bars after misdemeanor convictions of assault on a female, shoplifting and larceny.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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