Several people gathered at a Macon house June 14 to welcome home a man who’d served his country in Afghanistan.
Later, many of the partygoers chose to sleep in the hallways of the Case Street house instead of driving home.
A 13-year-old girl has accused one of them of raping her.
Macon lawyer Alan Wheeler argued during a Thursday hearing that 22-year-old Lawrence M. Smith, the man charged, should receive a bond.
Although the 2010 Westside High grad had gone to sleep on the floor beside the girl’s boyfriend, he maintains that he woke up to hear the girl accuse him of trying to rape her, Wheeler said.
Prosecutor Christina Hadaway said the girl told authorities she awoke with Smith’s arm around her neck and him having sex with her.
“He whispered to her ‘tell me when to stop’ -- and she told him to stop,” Hadaway said.
After Smith left, a woman at the house called and asked him to return. When the woman asked him what had happened, Smith replied, “I don’t know, but it wasn’t pretty” and asked if he was going to jail, Hadaway said.
Wheeler said Smith got his commercial driver’s license soon after his high school graduation and drove trucks in Atlanta until about six months ago, when he moved back to Macon. Before his arrest, he was driving trucks for a beer company.
If released on bond, Smith would be able to save his job and support his infant son. He doesn’t have a criminal record, Wheeler said.
Wheeler said evidence was collected for a sexual assault kit, but the results aren’t available yet.
A judge granted Smith a $25,000 bond.
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