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SC Man Charged With Holding Woman Captive For 3 Months

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PELION, S.C. (AP) — Lexington County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Pelion man and accused him of holding a woman for three months, repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

Deputies arrested 52-year-old Paul Thomas Rawl Jr. on Tuesday.

Sheriff James Metts said Rawl is a convicted sex offender who kept a 52-year-old woman hostage with threats of violence.

Rawl is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, aggravated criminal domestic violence and kidnapping.

Metts said the woman was held between July 1 and Oct. 14.

An arrest warrant states that Rawl put furniture in front of a bedroom door and made the woman take a medicine typically prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders.

Metts said she escaped when she convinced Rawl to take her to a doctor.

It was not clear if Rawl has a lawyer.

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