PELION — 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.