PELION, S.C. - A 52-year-old Pelion may was arrested Tuesday, charged with holding a woman hostage at his home for three months and sexually assaulting her multiple times.
Paul Thomas Rawl Jr., a registered sex offender, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and kidnapping. He was held Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.
According to the Lexington County Sheriffs Department, Rawl used force to accomplish sexual battery as many as nine times daily on a 52-year-old woman between July 1 and Oct. 14. Deputies say Rawl sexually assaulted the woman after forcing her to swallow a Xanax. He also assaulted her after hitting her and pointing a loaded bow and arrow in the womans face, telling the victim that he was going to kill her.
An arrest warrant alleges that Rawl placed a piece of furniture in front of a bedroom door each night to ensure the victim remained in the home. Rawl is accused of placing a recording device in his bedroom to monitor her movements. He also programmed the burglar alarm so he would be alerted if a door was opened. She was prevented access from a phone.
The victim reported the abuse on Tuesday morning after she persuaded Rawl to take her to a doctors office in Pelion for an examination.
Under South Carolina law, Rawl is required to register with the Sheriffs Department as a convicted sex offender because Rawl was convicted on August 21, 2000 of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Metts said. The victim in that case was a 12-year-old girl.
Rawl was convicted in 2000 of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim in that case was a 12-year-old girl.
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