N.C. Police Revive Sodomy Law In Weekend Arrest

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The past sure can leave a mark.

Despite the fact that the 2003 Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas struck down federalist sodomy laws, North Carolina police this weekend charged two gay men with “crimes against nature.” And, as if that’s not bad enough, an alleged victim got snagged himself:

Police first arrested and charged Nelson Keith Sloan, 40, who called them to the private residence to report an attack. Later, police arrested and charged Ryan Christopher Flynn, 25, with the same charge.

Flynn was also charged with simple assault for biting Sloan and communicating threats for telling Sloan he was going to disembowel him.

“This looks like a case of a consensual act that may have gotten out of hand,” Raleigh police Capt. T.D. Hardy told the daily newspaper. “The law is still on the books. Our detectives got involved in it last night and decided this was the best thing to do. What the D.A.’s office will do with it, I don’t know.”

Sloan insists that he was the victim of an assault. “I didn’t allow anything,” he told The News and Observer Saturday. “They knew it and turned it around and arrested me. I have never been so humiliated in all my life. It’s just awful.”

And, from the sound of it, cops think Sloan’s awful, too!