WORCESTER, Mass. — The Massachusetts man suspected of raping a 13-year-old girl, then going on a cross-country crime spree after cutting off his court-ordered monitoring device, was ordered held without bail Monday.
Gregory Lewis pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to 17 charges connected to the alleged rape and an alleged attack on his stepfather. He was held pending a hearing scheduled for Nov. 10 to determine whether he is a danger to society.
His court-appointed attorney, Michael Hussey, declined to comment, saying he had only had a brief opportunity to speak with Lewis.
Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent six weeks on the run after snipping off the GPS monitoring device when he was arraigned in August on charges that included statutory rape of a child.
Authorities said Lewis fled Massachusetts on Sept. 15 and drove around the country, committing a string of rapes and robberies of female escorts in North Carolina, Colorado and Oregon. State police said he told several people that his "ultimate goal" was to return to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser.
Police say he briefly returned to Southbridge, where he tied up and beat his stepfather, then stole a 9mm handgun and more than 200 rounds of ammunition. He was captured Oct. 28 in Fort Edward, New York, after driving into the Hudson River while fleeing a traffic stop.
Monday's arraignment was only on charges allegedly committed in Massachusetts. Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., declined to comment.