Rapist accused of tampering with victim

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 26, 2010, at 11:23 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint in her Camden home in June was charged this week with tampering with a victim.

Bradley Lemay, 44, of Augusta, a convicted rapist, was indicted in July on charges of gross sexual assault, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal threatening, aggravated criminal trespass and eluding an officer. He has been incarcerated at Knox County Jail since the alleged assault in June.

According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday at Knox County Superior Court by Camden police Officer Michael Geary, Lemay “did induce, or cause, or attempt to induce or cause” his reported victim to “withhold testimony, information or evidence, or testify falsely.”

Sgt. Jason Hall of the Camden Police Department said Thursday that Lemay sent a letter from jail to his brother on July 22, asking if he would contact the victim and influence her to not testify against Lemay or to give false testimony. Instead, the brother, Michael Lemay, who lives in southern Maine, contacted police right away, Hall said.

In his letter, Bradley Lemay asked his brother to either pay the victim or threaten her, Hall said.

Tampering with a victim is a Class B crime, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

The victim reported the sexual assault to police on June 9 after the alleged assailant left her home. Soon after, an officer spotted a vehicle matching the description she gave of her assailant’s car and the officer and driver — Lemay — entered into a high-speed chase, according to police reports. After Lemay’s tires were blown out by spike mats, he was arrested.

Weeks later, Lemay injured himself when he fell while trying to climb a barbed-wire fence to escape Knox County Jail, according to police officials.

After the attempted escape, his $500,000 cash bail was revoked.

Not long before the alleged rape, Lemay had 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.

During Lemay’s June arraignment hearing for the alleged rape, Knox County Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald described him to the judge as a “serial rapist.”

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