LOWELL — A 53-year-old Level 3 sex offender with previous convictions for rape and sexual assault dating 30 years has been indicted on sexual-assault charges after he was accused of raping a woman at a Tewksbury motel.
A grand jury on Friday indicted Charles P. Shanley, of Lowell, on charges of rape (subsequent offense), indecent assault and battery on someone over 14 and three counts of being a habitual criminal, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced. Shanley is being held on bail. No arraignment date has been scheduled in Superior Court.
The state’s Sex Offender Registry Board indicates Shanley was convicted in June 1983 of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.
In December 1985, he was
convicted of aggravated rape and rape.
In the latest case, prosecutors allege a sexual assault reported to Tewksbury police May 24 by a victim undergoing treatment at Lowell General Hospital.
The victim, whose identity is withheld, told police she was at an area bar the day before where she met a man named Charlie who offered her a beer.
The pair ended up at the Motel 6 in Tewksbury, where Shanley allegedly ordered her to take off her clothes. Prosecutors allege the woman complied out of fear.
Shanley allegedly pulled the woman’s pants off and raped her.
After, Shanley allegedly told the woman he regretted bringing her there, prosecutors allege. He allegedly dropped her off at a nearby restaurant, making an obscene gesture as he left.
The victim identified Shanley from a police photo array.
In asking for high bail, Maltby noted Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 20 years for aggravated rape.
During Shanley’s Lowell District Court arraignment defense attorney Debra Dewitt said Shanley denies the allegations, saying the woman was angry with Shanley and made up the story in retaliation.
Dewitt said Shanley, a roofer, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders.
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