Federal and local authorities are scouring Craigslist personal ads and a computer to identify a North Carolina man they say was involved in a rape arranged by the victim’s husband, reports the Charlotte Observer. The husband, who police say watched as the assault took place Sunday, sought out Craigslist ads offering sexual services that included scare tactics, said Kannapolis, N.C., police Lt. Ken Jackson.
Police say it’s possible the assailant believed the assault, at knifepoint, was just a game with a willing participant. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he would continue to pressure Craigslist to remove postings that solicit prostitution and other illegal services. Cooper joined 39 other state attorneys general in signing a November agreement that would require Craigslist to screen postings for erotic services, and force those posting ads to provide a working phone number and a valid credit card number. “(Craigslist) needs to take those kinds of things off a site that attracts a general audience and that kids have access to,” Cooper said yesterday. Police said Craigslist is helping with the investigation.