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SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2007

Lawrence man charged with rape

MOULTON — Lawrence County investigators charged a convicted sex offender with raping a 39-year-old woman.

The alleged victim claimed Ray Charles Downs, 50, of 1244 Lawrence County 183 raped her at his residence on Thursday. Lawrence Medical Center treated her for injuries, the sheriff’s office reported.

Downs has a previous conviction for first-degree sexual abuse of a 13-year-old female, occurring in Morgan County.

Lawrence County investigators initially charged Downs with third-degree domestic violence, but further investigation revealed evidence supporting the woman’s allegation of rape.

Downs remained in Lawrence County Jail without bond.

Paul Huggins

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