DA Wants Cross-Country Rape Suspect Jailed

Massachusetts prosecutors are urging a judge to keep a man suspected of raping women in several states locked up while he awaits trial.

Authorities say Gregory Lewis cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device and fled Massachusetts after being charged in the rape of a 13-year-old girl. He was captured in New York last month after what police called a cross-country crime spree.

During a court hearing Monday, prosecutors asked a judge to find that Lewis is a danger to the community and to continue to hold him without bail.

Lewis' attorney urged the judge not to label Lewis as dangerous. He says it would deprive Lewis of his right to be presumed innocent.

Judge Janet Kenton-Walker says she will issue her ruling within the next day or so.

This article was originally published on November 10, 2014.


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