ROCKLAND, Maine — Jury selection began Monday for a man accused of brutally raping a woman, trying to tamper with the victim after the crime and then trying to escape from Knox County Jail.
Bradley Lemay of Augusta is scheduled to stand trial this week in Knox County Superior Court. The trial is expected to take a week.
Last June, Lemay was accused of raping a Camden woman at knifepoint.
The victim called 911 after the alleged assault. A short time later, Rockport police tried to pull over Lemay’s car but he sped off, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph on rural roads, police said. After Rockland police laid spike mats across Route 1, the vehicle was disabled and Lemay was arrested and taken to Knox County Jail.
Then, on July 2, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department reported that Lemay was injured trying to escape from jail. A corrections officer saw Lemay scale a fence and then fall from the top of it back into the exercise yard after suffering cuts from the razor wire.
Later in July, Lemay sent a letter from jail to his brother asking him to either threaten the victim or pay her not to testify, according to Camden police. Instead, Lemay’s brother contacted police.
Lemay, who police have called a serial rapist, is charged with gross sexual assault, burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, assault, eluding a police officer, tampering with a victim and escape.
Lemay was released from Maine State Prison in February 2010 after serving 21 years of a 35-year jail sentence for 1989 convictions of kidnapping and gross sexual misconduct, according to Bangor Daily News archives.