After fight to keep him behind bars, NC news anchor learns fate of rapist
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina news anchor that fought to keep her rapist behind bars has learned his fate.
Earlier this year, WBTV anchor Maureen O’Boyle learned that the man who raped her in 1986 had an upcoming parole hearing and could be released.
O’Boyle then posted a video and Change.org petition to keep James Starling behind bars.
“James Starling is up for parole and should not be let loose on society when there is no chance his deep-seated criminal behavior has been cured or can be fixed,” O’Boyle wrote on her petition.
On Friday, O’Boyle learned that her convicted rapist will remain in prison. His next tentative parole date is April 2026.
Starling raped O’Boyle 30 years ago after he broke into her home in Macon, Georgia and terrorized her for hours. O’Boyle was working as an anchor for WMAZ at the time.
Starling was sentenced to 50 years. He’s already been denied parole several times.
“What I have learned through this process is too many victims of sexual violence lose their voice and never get the justice they deserve,” she recently wrote on WBTV’s website.
“I hope and pray my victory in this fight – to keep my rapist behind bars – gives those who never had a sense of justice some feeling of vindication.”