CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Craigslist is again under scrutiny after a North Carolina man was charged with using the popular online classified site to fulfill his own fantasy by finding someone to rape his wife at knifepoint while he watched.
The woman said Thursday she has been "traumatized" by the attack, which she did not know about ahead of time. It happened a month after Craigslist agreed to overhaul its policing of sex ads following a slaying in Massachusetts.
"You don't know what I'm going through," she said, shaking her head as she stood on her front porch. "This is the worst thing that's ever happened to me."
The woman spoke to The Associated Press a day after her husband was ordered held on $200,000 bond on charges including first-degree rape. The AP, which generally does not identify victims of sexual assault, is not naming the man to avoid identifying his wife.
Police in Kannapolis, about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte, said the husband told them he found his wife's attacker by responding to at least two personal ads on Craigslist and acknowledged that she didn't know about it. They couldn't say if the attacker was paid.
"The guy is just a freak," Police Capt. Chuck Adams said.
Experts say the case is likely to lead to more questions for Craigslist, which has faced criticism for its "erotic services" section.
"We share the public's horror that such a crime was committed, and our heart goes out to the victim," Craigslist spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best said in an e-mail Wednesday. But she qu for information about the ad in the North Carolina case.
"I want to know how the ad was articulated... I think this instance, like others, simply supports the demands and requests we've made over time for stronger oversight and scrutiny," he said.
Blumenthal said he will take Craigslist to court if it doesn't turn over the information.
That could mean another legal battle for the company, which sued South Carolina state Attorney General Henry McMaster over what CEO Jim Buckmaster viewed as the prosecutor's overzealous campaign against it.
The woman who was raped said she didn't want to discuss details about the case because it was too painful. She said friends and family members were helping her.
Police said she called 911 Sunday to report a man with a knife had raped her in the bedroom of her home. Police said the husband was in the room and the couple's two young children were home but unaware of what was happening.
The woman was treated at a hospital and released.
Investigators said they became suspicious of the 25-year-old husband when his statement didn't add up and there were no signs of forced entry at the house.
County court records he waived appointment of a public defender at a first hearing Wednesday, the day he was arrested.
Police are still looking for the attacker but aren't saying whether he'll face charges.