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Waynesboro Man Rapes Autistic Man After Augusta Bar-Hopping, Report Says



A convicted sex offender from Waynesboro was arrested this week for anally raping an autistic man after bar-hopping in Augusta, according to Burke County authorities.

Robert Lee Mapp Jr., 51, of Cedar Drive, was charged with felony sodomy and exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults. The victim is a 23-year-old man with autism who ended up at Doctors Hospital after the drunken attack at the suspect’s house, authorities said.

Mapp is the same man charged with child molestation in 1998. In that case, Judge Carl, C. Brown J. gave him 12 months of probation on a reduced plea to “sexual battery.” A charge of “furnishing alcohol to minors” was dismissed as part of the 1999 plea. (Story continues below)

Robert Lee Mapp Jr., 1998 conviction for sexual battery (True Citizen reprint)

In this week’s arrest, the victim talked to Burke County officials from the hospital. He gave them the horrific details of his evening with the suspect, who he first met Oct. 3 while drinking at Hooters on Washington Road.

At Hooters, he had traded numbers with Mapp and never expected to hear from him, but the suspect texted him that night and all throughout the week. The victim knew the suspect as “Lee.” The victim agreed to go to dinner at Sole Augusta Restaurant on Broad Street on Oct. 8.

At the restaurant, Mapp convinced the man to go bar-hopping, which took them to Joe’s Underground and Metro Coffeehouse.

“By the time he got to The Metro Coffeehouse, he had 6 drinks and was feeling rather drunk, but Lee asked did he want to ride to the country to a friend’s house for a bonfire,” the report says. “He told Lee no that he didn’t want to leave. … The drinks had him very messed up (and) he agreed to leave but doesn’t remember that.”

He was taken to Pub on Highway 56, where they played pool, and he had his seventh drink for the night. The victim got sick on the way to Mapp’s home, and he couldn’t walk from the vehicle without help.

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Here is how the sheriff’s report describes the assault:

“After entering the residence, Lee took him to the bathroom (and) undressed him before undressing himself. Both parties were in the shower naked together and Lee was washing off the throw-up. Things were fuzzy at the residence but he remembers being face down in the bed with Lee on top of him screaming and in a lot of pain.  He woke up the next morning around 9 a.m. and he stated his rear end was in a lot of pain, and he knew something was wrong.”

The victim told investigators that he felt very disoriented and didn’t want to wake the suspect. But when Mapp awoke, the suspect performed oral sex on the victim and sodomized him. Mapp insisted they shower and then go eat.

“He felt very helpless through all this, and he didn’t know what to do or who to call,” the report said. “(He) also stated that Lee showed him a pistol he has and he was scared he might use it, so he just went along with everything he said or did.”

They ate at Rabbit Hole restaurant in Waynesboro and Mapp took the victim to his vehicle in Augusta. Once Mapp was gone, the man deleted all their text messages and blocked his number.

At Doctors Hospital, a sexual assault kit was completed. Mapp was arrested on Monday and booked at the Burke County Detention Center, where he remained without bond on Friday.

Greg Rickabaugh is the Jail Report Contributor for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected]  


  1. The question we should be asking is, how did Mr. Mapp slip through the judicial system the first time? Imagine all the possible suffering that could have been avoided if Mr. Mapp had been sentenced to hard time way back in 1998.

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