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TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — The saga surrounding former state senator R.C. Soles continues. Today, a judge found Soles not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, a charge stemming from an incident at his home back in September.

“The court finds you not guilty,” District Judge Judith Daniels said.

The verdict came after two hours of testimony about claims former senator R.C. Soles beat Frankie Jernigan of Tabor City with a cane. Weeks after the incident, Jernigan wanted to drop the charge, saying Soles was like a father to him.

He also told media outlets he and Soles had a sexual relationship, a claim Jernigan admitted lying about on the witness stand.

“Did you tell them that,” asked Soles’s attorney Joe Cheshire.

“Yeah,” Jernigan said.

“Is that true,” Cheshire asked.

“No,” Jernigan said.

Jernigan admitted he and his wife went to Soles’s home uninvited in September to ask for money. He said Soles told them to leave, but they refused and Soles pepper sprayed him.

“Did Mr. Soles ask you to leave prior to him spraying you with mace,” state prosecutor Heath Nance said.

“Yeah,” Jernigan answered.

“And did you leave,” Nance asked.

“No,” Jernigan said.

“What did you say when he requested that you leave,” Nance asked.

“Give me some money, and I’ll leave,” Jernigan said.

When Jernigan still wouldn’t leave, Soles allegedly hit Jernigan once with a metal cane belonging to Jernigan’s uncle Jason Fowler, who had been arguing in the garage with Soles.

Soles did not testify, but his team never denied that he hit Jernigan. His attorney said that the then 76-year-old Soles felt trapped in his garage between the two younger men and acted in self-defense. They also said Soles had filed papers months earlier saying he did not want Jernigan and others coming around his home and office.

As far as allegations about Soles having sexual relations with multiple Tabor City men, Cheshire said no.

“It’s absolutely a complete and total lie,” Cheshire said. “It’s been investigated by law enforcement. There have never been any charges brought in any way shape or form. It is a pure lie.”

Since the original incident on September tenth, Jernigan has been caught hanging around Soles’s home and law office and charged with trespassing.

Cheshire said he hopes this case will help to stop the group of people he says preys on Soles and his huge heart.

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18 Comments on "Soles found not guilty of assault; Jernigan denies previous claims of sexual relationship"

2015 years 10 months ago

You forgot he still practices law so the funding isn’t going to dry up soon. His boys will get their money like always.

2015 years 10 months ago

for a new reality tv show to be filmed in Tabor City.

But wait, Frog should be released within the next couple of months; and we know the old saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

Don’t forget, Uncle RC is likely on a fixed income now that he has retired from the State Senate, so he has to watch where he spreads his funds.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

Big surprise.

2015 years 10 months ago

I didn’t see this coming at all. What a shock. The next thing you know frog will hop back in the picture for his turn with soles.

2015 years 10 months ago

Surpised? No! Did you really expect anything to happen. Really?!!! We got fed up with this stuff last year, and hopefully with “froggy” in jail, this stuff will stop. Between the Soles saga, the teen mom and Brian Berger, and Charles Warren,, we are fed up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Start reporting things that are important and leave these fools alone!

2015 years 10 months ago

Amen. Is this the kinds of topics all people can talk about these days?

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 10 months ago

What does taking notes during the trial have to do with anything? God needs to tell you to get back on your medication. Don’t be a fruit. Soles is nothing more than a perverted old man. In case God doesn’t let you know I will, Soles is bound for hell.

Doris S.
2015 years 10 months ago

I took notes during the trial. GOD tells me when a person is lying. I believe R.C. is an good man. These boys lie on R.C. all the time.

2015 years 10 months ago

Are you crazy or is RC Soles paying you too? RC Soles did not testify because he was scared or worried about being cross-examined by the DA.

The newspaper suggested that RC Soles has been paying boys off for years. Do you think it’s possible that he paid Jernigan to lie again? There is no statute of limitations on criminal felonies so Soles wanted this poor boy to lie on the record about the age that they started getting it on to protect Soles from future prosecution.

2015 years 10 months ago

…they always hang around together, and he buys them cars, houses, furniture…

Has GOD told you anything about adult men who have an unnatural attraction to teenage boys?

Doris A. Strickland
2015 years 10 months ago

I want to clarify one thing. I was told about this comment being titled Doris S. and WWAY didn’t verify it. I certainly did not take notes during this trial. I was there and I listened to the whole two hours worth of made up testimony. I don’t believe Frankie Jernigan was telling the truth. The real truth is going to be exposed one day. RC Soles is not a victim. My question is why didn’t Soles just leave his residence and not come back and why didn’t he call the police as he usually does and let them remove these unwanted guests? For some reason, there was not a call made to 911 or the TC police department on this particular day. This is highly unusual. Where were RC’s so called body guards? All of this is just drama that Soles thrives off. And whenever he did return to his residence, why didn’t he just go in the house and call the police? Because Soles WANTED to talk to these people as he usually does. I can keep someone from aggravating me at my home. My home and the grave are the only two places I need to worry about having peace. And so far, neither of these places worry me because I know I am going to be at peace whenever I am in both. Think about it. Why be tormented at home or at work especially if you own the business? Like I said…Soles is not a victim…he’s an instigator.

Now, I discourage anybody in the future who uses my name. There will be repercussions whenever I find out who this coward is. What I say, I say out in the open. Other people need to do the same. I’m not taking blame for something I didn’t write. RC Soles is not a person I think highly of. He has changed over the years and he is going to pay one day whenever he meets his MAKER for all this drama he is causing. To WWAY, you need to investigate before you put somone’s comments on here.

Doris A. Strickland
2015 years 10 months ago

Whoever you are, if you are posing as me, you can be assured whenever I find out who you are, you will think twice before even making an appearance that I wrote the comments you put on here. You need to quit being a coward and use your own name or else quit trying to use my identity. How you can say nice things about Soles is beyond me. You need to get a life.

2015 years 10 months ago

Soles acts like a pervert. Did anyone doubt that he would pay these boys off again? Did Soles pay Jernigan to lie? Soles will grease about anything – if it helps Soles. It is laughable for Soles to get these sick boys to call him a “father figure”. Would you let your child or pet around Soles?

It is common knowledge around Columbus County, Tabor City, and parts of Raleigh that Soles likes boys – especially dumb ones that are on the margins of society. (Read the Star-News special investiagtive articles.) Soles has apparently been known to pick-up boys at bus stations and then try to outrun the police to hide it. The problem is that the sicko boys, after satisfying Soles, try to use the court system to blackmail him. That isn’t right either.

If Soles has nothing to hide, then why did he get the federal court to seal the ugly facts about his deviant lifestyle during his Colcor corruption trial? Soles is a sick man who is still trying to control Columbus County.

Soles and Frog–Rock on–

lulu honalulu
2015 years 10 months ago

Please tell us who that Judge is. Have any of you thought that maybe there are drug dealers being paid (in some way)to entice these drug dependent boys with drugs to keep them under the thumbs of others. If you shower someone with money, who has a drug addiction, and they are use to getting money from somewhere to support their habit—–then, the money is snatched from them they are going to become desperate and do stupid things—-the old man calls or sends a message to come and get the money, and of surely they go to get the money——-then old man calls the police and has them arrested for trespassing. They get paid again to drop the charges or lie on the stand. Then it looks like the old man is the victim instead of the aggressor—-then public will not believe the ones who are serious about charging the old man for molestation. Mind games for the public, SBI,FBI.

2015 years 10 months ago

Did anybody expect any punishment for this old fool? Never mind there is one judge that can not be bought off.

2015 years 10 months ago

I have asked so many times, but I will try one more time. Why has the SBI, FBI, and IRS not either concluded their investigations or prosecuted? Why have reporters not followed through with this side of the story on a weekly basis until they get an answer and reported to the public? Do you think Frog or any of these unemployed guys who keep coming up with endless funds to pay bail have reported where the money comes from and paid taxes? Remember, Al Capone was only finally put in prison for tax evasion, and I’m sure that RC is just as fine a person as Capone.

2015 years 10 months ago

It is not true that there isnt a statute of limitations on felonies contrary to what you said. The only exceptions Im aware of to the 7-10 yr rule are Class A Felonies which are those that can result in a sentence of death or Life without parole (meaning pretty much murder). The issue of Statute of limitiations is what kept the asst basketball coach in NY out of jail despite overwhelming evidence he was guilty because the statute of limitations had expired. Granted we all know what Soles has been up to but hes got too many friends and has the financial wherewithal to buy his way out of trouble no matter how egegious. If these were woman he’d been abusing hed have already been in jail or under the jail but the stigma of homosexual assault is so great especially in the south men are usually very much unwilling to admit to whats happened to them due to the fear of being labeled as a homo or fag by their friends and family because homosexuality is still considered very much taboo and morally wrong (which I dont disagree with overall but theres a difference between committing a sinful act of homosexuality/sodomy and being a minor unable to legally consent and being manupulated and forced into such situations) Reality is while RC Soles may escape judgement in the court of law, the court of public opinion is very much mixed and his ultimate day of judgement will come eventually where God himself shall sit in judgement of his sinful acts and RC wont be able to get himself out of those so easily.

2015 years 10 months ago

These judges have to be investigated. The good ol’ boys and girls are obviously getting special favors or pay-offs to protect R.C. Soles. WHERE are any good investigative journalists and law enforcement (not being bribed, that is)?

Just disgusting.


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