Rape suspect hurt while trying to escape from Rockland jail

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted July 07, 2010, at 8:36 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine – A prisoner was injured when he tried to escape Knox County Jail last Friday, according to the county sheriff.

Bradley Lemay, who was in jail for allegedly raping a woman in Camden in early June, was caught as he was climbing a fence in the jail’s exercise yard, said Sheriff Donna Dennison.

Corrections Officer John Kjer saw the inmate scaling the fence at about 11:25 a.m. July 2, Dennison said. Kjer, who was supervising five inmates at the time, ordered him to get down and alerted other jail officials over the radio, the sheriff reported. Lemay fell from the top of the fence to the ground, back inside the exercise yard, she said. The inmate suffered several cuts from the razor wire and may have hurt his ankle, Dennison said.

The corrections officer then moved the other inmates inside the jail and assistance arrived.

Lemay was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center, and according to staff there, was admitted to the surgery unit and discharged the same day.

Knox County Jail officials could not comment Wednesday on whether Lemay may be facing new charges because of the attempted escape, but they did say his bail has been revoked.

Lemay was previously being held on $500,000 cash bail while awaiting trial on several charges stemming from an alleged rape on June 9.

According to Camden police, a woman called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. June 9 after she said Lemay raped her in a Camden home. The victim told police that Lemay threatened her with a knife and forced her to perform sexual acts for three hours.

Police later spotted a vehicle matching the description the woman gave and engaged in a high-speed chase with Lemay before ultimately deflating his tires with spike mats, according to police reports.

After his arrest, Lemay was charged with Class A gross sexual assault, Class B burglary, Class C aggravated criminal trespass, Class C criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, Class D assault and Class C eluding a police officer. The most serious Class A crime is punishable by up to 30 years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

Lemay’s criminal record includes convictions for criminal trespass, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, gross sexual misconduct, kidnapping, burglary and assault.

He had recently been released from Maine State Prison after 1989 convictions for kidnapping and gross sexual misconduct, for which he served 21 years of a 35-year jail sentence, according to Camden police.

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