A local man with a prior record is behind bars at the Nash County Detention Center after city police arrested him on a charge of first-degree forcible rape of a woman, authorities and records said.

Otis Dancy, 51, is accused of having committed the offense on Sept. 25, Nash County District Court records said.

Dancy was booked Tuesday by police and his bond was set at $500,000, secured, Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina told the Telegram.

State law specifies first-degree forcible rape as occurring when a person engages in vaginal intercourse with another person by force and against the will of the other person and while doing any of the following:

  • Using, threatening to use or displaying a dangerous or deadly weapon or something the victim reasonably believes to be a dangerous or deadly weapon.
  • Inflicting serious personal injury upon the victim or another person.
  • Committing the offense aided and abetted by one or more other persons.

Dancy is due today for an appearance in Nash County District Court.

The court records said Dancy had listed an address in the 600 block of Myrtle Avenue.

State Public Safety records said Dancy was convicted in 2019 in Edgecombe County for simple assault/affray and in 2007 in Edgecombe County for willful and wanton injury to personal property resulting in more than $200 in damages.

Generally, willful and wanton misconduct is committed with intent or with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Word of Dancy having been arrested and jailed first began circulating on social media.