A North East man who allegedly raped an Elkton woman last week was convicted of a sexual assault in Virginia 12 years ago, according to police.
Lavester Lee Mays, a 54-year-old resident of Sycamore Drive in the Timberbrook neighborhood near North East, has been a registered sex offender since 1998, when he was convicted of a sex offense committed in Springfield, Va.
The incident reportedly involved one of Mays' family members, but because details in sex offense cases are not public record, little is known about the circumstances leading up his conviction.
"He is an active registered sex offender with Cecil County, and he was at the time of (last week's alleged rape)," said 1st Sgt. Michael Holmes, a spokesman with the sheriff's office. "He's been in the registry for at least a year."
Mays registered as a sex offender in Cecil County in April 2009, and again in October 2009, possibly because he changed addresses, Holmes.
Registered sex offenders are required to re-register whenever there is a change in their status, which includes their home address or place of employment.
Holmes said local investigators do not know if Mays served any jail or prison time as a result of his conviction in Virginia.
Currently, Mays is accused of kidnapping and raping an Elkton woman on July 12.
According to police, Mays picked up the rape victim in front of her apartment building on Main Street in Elkton about 5 a.m. on July 12 and agreed to give her a ride to the methadone clinic on Landing Lane.
The victim told investigators she thought Mays was a fellow client at the clinic and did not realize her mistake until she got into the car, police said.
Mays then drove the victim to his home, where he sexually assaulted her numerous times before ordering her to get back into his car, police said.
Based partly on the victim's description of the Timberbrook home where she was assaulted, investigators were able to develop Mays as a suspect, police said.
The victim later picked Mays out of a photo array, according to court records.
After being arrested at his home on July 13, Mays was charged with 11 felonies, including first-degree rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, sodomy, perverted practice and first-degree sex offense, according to court records.
On Monday, Mays remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond, a jail spokesman reported.
He is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing Aug. 11.