• Police: Man posed as doctor on Craigslist to rape woman


    DAVIDSON, N.C. - A Davidson man is accused of pretending to be a doctor and luring a woman to a hotel room near Knoxville, Tennessee, according to police in Alcoa, Tennessee.

    The woman claimed Robert McCollum drugged her and tried to take advantage of her, police said. 

    People who live in the Davidson's River Run community said they can't believe what their neighbor is accused of doing.

    "They're great people," Cathie Loveless, a friend of the McCollums, said. "I'm just shocked."

    Police in Alcoa are investigating if McCollum tried to drug and sexually assault a woman who thought she was interviewing for the job McCollum posted on Craigslist using the name Doctor John.

    McCollum isn't a doctor and no one Channel 9 spoke to could say what he does for work.

    Police said McCollum invited the woman to a hotel outside Knoxville and suggested they continue the interview over a drink in his hotel room.

    “The woman, who hasn't been identified, felt "woozy" after half her drink, according to detectives.

    The woman's boyfriend, skeptical of the meeting, was waiting outside the hotel. He was worried, so he looked for her and heard her voice coming from a room on the third floor.

    A hotel manager let him in the room, according to police. 

    Police later took McCollum into custody for "impersonating a licensed professional."

    No one answered at McCollum's Davidson home Friday.

    Neighbors said McCollum has lived in the home with his wife and their two daughters for years.

    "Our dogs are best friends," Loveless said. "He's always friendly, stops and talks, and we talk about our daughters and sports and grades."

    McCollum was arrested Sunday and released Wednesday on a $50,000 bond. McCollum is due in court Monday in Tennessee.

    Police are waiting for toxicology reports to confirm whether the alleged victim was drugged.

    They are also looking into whether there may be more possible victims.




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