SC man sexually assaulted woman he held captive for 3 months, deputies say

SC man sexually assaulted woman he held captive for 3 months, deputies say (Image 1)
SC man sexually assaulted woman he held captive for 3 months, deputies say (Image 1)

Lexington County deputies have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted a woman that he held captive for three months inside his home, WLTX reported.

Paul Thomas Rawl Jr., 52, is being held on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, and kidnapping, according to the CBS TV station in Columbia.

The victim in the case was a woman who already knew Rawl, who was himself already a listed sex offender for a conviction back in 2000, WLTX reported.

Beginning in July, deputies say Rawl held the woman against her will in the home, sexually assaulting her as many as nine times a day. They say he also beat her with his hands and fists, and shoved her head into the wall.

In at least once instance, officers say he pointed a bow and arrow in the woman's face and told her he was going to kill her. WLTX reported.

According to investigators, he kept her inside a bedroom by putting a dresser in front of the door every night so she couldn't escape.

 In addition, officers also say he forced her to swallow a Xanax pill every night so she wouldn't be as physically alert. He also programmed his burglar alarm to alert him if any door was opened, and put a recording device in the bedroom.

The woman finally got free by persuading Rawl to take her to a doctor for a physical examination. She then told doctors of the abuse, and after an investigation, officers arrested Rawl Tuesday.

Deputies say Rawl was convicted in 2000 of criminal sexual conduct with a minor with a 12-year-old girl.

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