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Felon charged with rape, growing pot

A convicted felon charged last month in a reported violent sex assault was arrested about a month later after police found about 100 marijuana plants growing inside his garage and backyard.

Ebun Hutchinson, 33, is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail on rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges.

Hutchinson was charged after a woman told police he raped and sodomized her at gunpoint July 19, threatening to shoot her in the head if she did not comply. The woman, 18, told police she repeatedly told him she did not want to have sex with him and tried several times to call 911.

Police said the woman was able to get away when Hutchinson fell asleep. When officers arrived at the house on Banks Way, they said they found several weapons and a black 2006 BMW that had been reported stolen from Atlanta the day before.

On Aug. 17, police went to a house on Norman Boulevard where Hutchinson was living and found the garage had been turned into a marijuana grow house. Police said there were heat lamps and a water filtration system for 50-60 plants, 1-4 feet tall. In the backyard, police said they found more plants, 3-5 feet tall.

Making his first appearance Thursday afternoon, Hutchinson appeared confused when Clayton Magistrate Betrice Scott told him he faced felony drug charges.

Hutchinson was convicted in Clayton County in October 2000 on trafficking cocaine charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Georgia Department of Corrections records show he served a little more than three years before being released in January 2004.

— Kathy Jefcoats