2004 survivor’s mother speaks out after daughter’s rapist arrested again

A silhouette of NBC4's Renee LaSalle talking to Lori.

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH)–A convicted rapist is now the suspect in two rapes from earlier this month and NBC4 spoke to the mother of the survivor of the attack from more than a decade ago.

Roger Black of Newark was arrested Wednesday night. He appeared in court Thursday, charged in the alleged rape of a teenage girl on October 17 and suspected in another from October 11th.

But he was already a registered sex offender, convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl from 2004.

Black was released from prison earlier this year. He had been locked up on a parole violation stemming from that prior conviction.

The mother of the survivor in that attack says she’s thankful a suspect is behind bars in those attacks, which were similar to her daughter’s, but it’s brought back horrible memories.

“He was the first thing that crossed my mind, ‘cause I knew he was right here in town,” says Lori.

She asked NBC4 to identify her only by the first name and we’re not showing her face. But ten years ago Roger Black was convicted in her daughter’s kidnapping and rape.

“My daughter was such a mess… And I didn’t know what to do for her,” Lori says.

Lori’s daughter was on the way to school when Black grabbed her from behind. Court documents say Black raped her repeatedly.

“I know there’s evil out there,” she says. “But they need to be punished.”

Black was convicted on two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition. He was sentenced to eight years behind bars. Lori says it wasn’t enough.

She says news of Black’s recent arrest has hit her family hard. But ultimately, she says, her daughter is not a victim, she’s a survivor.

“When we went to court, I read a statement. I said ‘You almost took my daughter’s life,'” says Lori. “I said ‘But you know what? You didn’t. And you’re not going to.'”

Lori has a message for the survivors of those recent attacks. She says keep yourselves strong with family and friends and get any counseling or support you need.

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