Realtor raped in Cary

September 8, 2009 2:36:09 PM PDT
Police have charged a Raleigh man with sexually assaulting a realtor in Cary.According to an arrest warrant, 33-year-old Michael Edward Sleeman was charged with first-degree sex offense and first-degree kidnapping - both felonies.

According to police, the victim was the agent on duty in a model home in a partially completed subdivision when Sleeman came in. The 41-year-old woman took Sleeman to see a house, and detectives say that's when he pulled out a knife, threatened the woman, and sexually assaulted her.

After the attack, Sleeman let the woman go, and she went to WakeMed in Cary to get medical attention. That's where police spoke with her. ABC 11 does not identify the victims of sexual assault.

Detectives were able to use information Sleeman gave the victim before the assault to trace him. They say he has confessed to the attack.

Now, they want to talk to any other women they say he might have assaulted.

Sleeman is a registered sex offender. He was first arrested on a sex related charge in North Carolina in 1998, but that charge was later dropped. In 2002, he was convicted of a second-degree sex offense in Virginia and was placed on probation. Then in 2003, he was charged with soliciting a prostitute. That charge was also dropped.

Monday, at Sleeman's house south of Garner where neighbors say he lives with his mother, no one answered the door. Across the street, neighbor Thomas Guettler said he knew Sleeman was a registered sex offender because someone put out flyers about it a few years ago. But he was still surprised by the latest charges.

"Obviously, you'd be disappointed at somebody living close by or in the neighborhood would do something like that," he offered.

Guettler's girlfriend, who lives with him, was especially unnerved when she heard that the real estate agent who was attacked is 41-years-old.

"That kinda makes me think a little bit more. You don't never know," said Lori Wicker.

Neighbors say the scam that Sleeman is accused of using to get the real estate agent alone could be used anywhere.

"Somebody like that might come over and act they need some help with something to get their foot in the door and you never know what might happen at that point," said Guettler.

Wicker says she hopes Sleeman is off the streets for good.

"Hopefully this will stop him for the rest of his life," she said.

Sleeman is now in the Wake County Jail. Bond was set at $2 million, and a judge refused to lower it Tuesday.

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