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Honey Boo Boo's boyfriend Dralin Carswell, 21, 'was arrested and accused of statutory rape in 2019'


Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson’s boyfriend Dralin Carswell, 21, was reportedly arrested and accused of statutory rape in 2019, before beginning his relationship with the reality star, 16.

Dralin was arrested on May 29, 2019 and originally charged with statutory rape, according to police and court documents obtained by The Sun.

The alleged victim was not Alana, and the incident appears to have occurred before they began their relationship, the publication notes. 

Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson's boyfriend Dralin Carswell, 21, was reportedly arrested and accused of statutory rape in 2019, before beginning his relationship with the reality star, 16; Carswell pictured with Honey Boo Boo in an Instagram post shared April 2022

Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson’s boyfriend Dralin Carswell, 21, was reportedly arrested and accused of statutory rape in 2019, before beginning his relationship with the reality star, 16; Carswell pictured with Honey Boo Boo in an Instagram post shared April 2022

The alleged victim was brought into the police department by her mother, who claimed Dralin, then age 18, climbed into her daughter’s window and had sex with the minor, then age 15, according to The Sun, citing the police report. 

The officer wrote in the report that they interviewed the minor.

‘I asked the daughter if it was consensual, and she stated “Yes.”‘

The minor also informed the officer that ‘her plan with Carswell was for him to come to the house and while there they had consensual unprotected sex in her bedroom,’ The Sun reports. 

Police were then allegedly told by Dralin that the minor ‘was his girlfriend and they had talked about him coming to her house… but he did not actually go to the house,’ according to the site. 

Dralin claimed to police that he had been at his friend’s house all day and night.

Alana and Dralin have now been dating for over a year and her family has approved of him despite their age difference

Alana and Dralin have now been dating for over a year and her family has approved of him despite their age difference

But, when the friends Dralin claimed he was with were interviewed by police, two of them informed investigators they dropped Dralin off at the 15-year-old’s home and picked him up over an hour later, reports The Sun. 

The friends then allegedly informed police that when they picked him back up, Dralin ‘was scared and told them to drive fast’ as the minor’s ‘mama had caught him inside the house.’

Initially, Dralin was charged with statutory rape but ‘ultimately completed a pretrial diversion program that resulted in the dismissal of a claim for making a false statement to law enforcement’, according to The Sun.

Dralin agreed to complete the terms of the program in exchange for a dismissal during a pretrial diversion hearing in June 2021, according to The Sun. 

While many have expressed outrage of the pair's four-year age gap, Alana and Dralin live in Georgia where the age of consent is 16; pictured in a photo posted September 2021

While many have expressed outrage of the pair’s four-year age gap, Alana and Dralin live in Georgia where the age of consent is 16; pictured in a photo posted September 2021 

During the hearing, the assistance district attorney said Dralin ‘was charged with statutory rape, misdemeanor grade’ but ‘Based on the evidence we didn’t feel like we could prove the statutory rape but could prove making a false statement,’ according to The Sun. 

The assistant district attorney also said, ‘This is the first time Mr. Carswell has been in trouble. He is here today before the court representing himself. So the recommendation was a pretrial diversion in that situation.

‘I’ve spoken to the mother of the 15-year-old and she’s in agreement with the recommendation which is Mr. Carswell successfully complete this pretrial status and then his case will be dismissed.

‘The conditions are $100 administrative cost. He’s to consume no alcohol, controlled substances or intoxicants not prescribed by a physician. He’s to complete a certified addiction evaluation and complete any recommendations. Submit to drug and alcohol screens at his expense. Perform 20 hours of community service. He’s to have no contact with [the minor] and he’s to attend and complete the moral recognition class program through JAG probation.’

In September 2021, The Sun claimed that she was 'attached at the hip' with Carswell

In September 2021, The Sun claimed that she was ‘attached at the hip’ with Carswell

Dralin fulfilled all the requirements and his case was dismissed on December 13, 2021, The Sun reports. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to a representative of the family for comment. 

Alana and Dralin have now been dating for over a year and her family has approved of him despite their age difference.

While many have expressed outrage of the pair’s four-year age gap, Alana and Dralin live in Georgia where the age of consent is 16.

In September 2021, The Sun claimed that she was ‘attached at the hip’ with Carswell.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carswell attended a Nashville technical school but now lives near in Georgia near Alana and her sister Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Shannon, 22, the site reported.

While he was ‘quiet at first’ around her loved ones, a source told the outlet that Carswell is ‘like one of the family now’ and is ‘as fun and crazy as the rest of them.’

‘Dralin and Alana hang out together all the time,’ the insider added of the duo, who went Facebook official in March 2021.

As Alana saves up for her first car, her car fanatic beau has generously let her drive his Chevrolet Camaro, which he considers ‘his baby.’

In Georgia, 16 is the youngest age a person can give his or her lawful consent to sexual activities.

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