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Elderly Augusta Man Charged with Raping Young Girl


An elderly Augusta man has been charged with child rape and molestation charges after a 13-year-old girl accused the man of sexually assaulting her since age 9 while he was married to the girl’s mother.

The girl also claims 78-year-old Harold “Dusty” Rhodes of pointing a loaded pistol at her, according to a sheriff’s report.

The victim only recently told relatives about the abuse when her biological father gained custody of her and she opened up to him. The sex acts were so devastating to the girl, though, that she refused to even talk about them. Instead, she wrote a five-page statement, according to a sheriff’s report.

“When I was around 8 or I’d say 9, he started putting his male parts inside my female parts,” she wrote.

The girl indicated that her mother knew about the sexual abuse because she “walked in and observed the subject with his pants off and attempting to have sex with the victim,” a sheriff’s report states. The girl begged her mother to divorce Rhodes or move away, but her mother said “she could not do anything about it,” the report says.

The victim’s father and stepmother were granted temporary custody of the girl in January. The sheriff’s office became aware of the allegations on Aug. 10.

Rhodes, of the 4700 block of Mike Padgett Highway, Augusta, was arrested Thursday and charged with rape and four counts of aggravated child molestation. He remains in jail under no bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


    • The mother should be charged with the same damn charges as this perverted predator, as well as attempted murder for attempting to murder that poor sweet child soul. This kid will forever be affected, and haunted by this incident. There are no excuses what so ever. The law will claim that the mother was in fear, and frighten then give it a medical condition to try to get the public sympathy. Now if this was an African American family the man would get the chair, mother would be charged, and the child would get little to none support then put in a foster home to be thrown into society as a lost. Just look at how they continue to monitor the kids (white) who had rough past and continuously end up in the jail report. Trying to make light of ANY wrong doing they do. SAD BUT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KING

      • This shouldn’t have anything to do about race. It’s disgusting and should be handled the same way every time no exceptions. Your past shouldn’t be able to take over and predict how you handle your future or what you do with it. I pray the girl gets a great counselor and works on this traumatic ordeal in a healthy way. Whether or not the mother gets charged Jesus will have the final say with her.. What a sad human being.

        • I agree with everything your saying, but race is always a issue in our society. Your saying that race shouldn’t be part of the matter, but unfortunately it is. I just addressed the big elephant in the room. Really read my comment to see what I said before you get upset, rowdy, or aggressive. Like now I’m agreeing with your comment, but that still doesn’t change the facts. Our history in the society we live in has a proven track record of my comment that’s all. GOD will ultimately be the one and only one to handle this matter, as in all situations. GOD BLESS YOU

          • I wasn’t upset. I’ll agree with how society is when it comes to race. Personally I don’t agree with it at all it’s not right and no one should prioritize a race over another. Sadly it still happens. Race shouldn’t matter just the persons actions. When something like this happens to anyone it always affects the victim and family traumatically.

          • I never said that you were upset. Read what I said, it’s a powerful word in there that your missing. Still again I agree with you, and I’m very pleased to hear that your not stuck on race like that, but unfortunately this case is not going to be judged or heard through neither of our personal views. The judge, jury, district attorney, defense lawyer, plaintiff, and defendant are the only ones who are going to be heard on earth in this case. So with that knowledge race will more likely play a factor (refer to my first comment) listen morgan our views are just exactly what they say they are OURS. We can agree to disagree, or sit here going back and forth with meaningless words, and views. Let me explain the word meaningless when I say it. Our words and views are powerful and can bring life and death, but regarding this case the only way we can help is to pray and have faith in our father. Morgan this discussion was/is great and really appreciated. It’s also always a blessing to debate GOD, truth, and responsibilities with all and any of my brothers and sisters. Take care and thanks for the mature professional positives communication.

  1. Lots of perversion going on in our lives. Sex with children is abhorrent. Sex with animals, same sex marriage also is leading to softening the things people decide are acceptable to do to another. Bestiality and sodomy is allowed in the military now without punishment.

  2. The mother should be charged too. How sick can people be? And for the mother to know and not do anything? Yea she should be charged and put away. Really hope the girl is ok. Atleast the best she can be at this point.

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