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Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years
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Police: Serial rapist crime spree spans 7 years

CAVE SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Floyd County Police Department says a truck driver being held without bond is connected to at least four rapes, but could be responsible for more.

Lester Pauley, 58, was initially arrested after a fight in Rome on November 25, 2014. During that investigation, Floyd County Police uncovered a series of complaints by women who said they were raped and held against their will by him. Police say the fight happened after one of his victims escaped. According to police, the woman knew the man and had a relationship with him. When things turned ugly, she tried to leave. Eventually, she was able to escape, but he went after her.

Pauley has been indicted for raping, kidnapping, and assaulting one woman. He's being held without bond on those charges. Floyd County Police Sgt. Chris Fincher tells 11Alive's Julie Wolfe three additional cases involving three other women are waiting to go before the grand jury.

Pauly is a truck driver with routes as far away as Mississippi. Police believe his rapes and assaults span seven years. Sgt. Fincher withheld specific details of the crimes, but said Pauley lured the women in with a "confidence scam." He "fed them a barrel of lies" before threatening and raping them. There is evidence at least some of the assaults occurred inside Pauley's truck.

"In a situation like this, looking for numbers is never a good thing, " Sgt. Fincher said. "We want to seek out victims and get them help. These women are in fear for their lives."

Pauley is also accused of terroristic threats.

If you have any information about Pauley's crimes, Sgt. Fincher wants to hear from you at 706-314-0917.

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