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Paul Rawl Jr., S.C. man, held woman captive for 3 months, sexually assaulted her, deputies say

Paul Rawl Jr.
Lexington County Sheriff's Dept. via CBS affiliate WLTX
(CBS/AP) PELION, S.C. - Lexington County sheriff's deputies arrested Paul Rawl Jr., a 52-year-old Pelion, S.C. man, Tuesday and accused him of holding a woman captive for three months, repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

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

CBS affiliate WLTX reports the woman and Rawl knew each other. It is unclear what the extent of their relationship was.

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. According to WLTX, deputies say Rawl assaulted the woman as many as nine times a day and also beat her with his hands and fists and shoved her head into the wall.

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

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. He also allegedly programmed his burglar alarm to alert him if any door was opened, and put a recording device in the bedroom.

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

It was not clear if Rawl has a lawyer.

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

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