LORAIN — A woman who accused a Lorain man of raping her Monday told police she believed the man, who she said worked as a maintenance man for her landlord, had been stalking her.
The man, 50-year-old Terence Maultsby, was arrested that day and charged with rape, kidnapping and assault.
Officers arrived at the 43-year-old woman’s home on West 17th Street at 9:53 p.m. Monday and found her visibly upset, wearing socks that were soaking wet and muddy. The woman told police after she had been raped, she ran out of the house and called 911. Maultsby, she said, had run to his house on Long Avenue.
The woman said Maultsby had been over her house after he sold her friend marijuana and the three were drinking, although she denied doing drugs.
The woman said she went to the bathroom when her friend left, and Maultsby came into the bathroom and choked her. Maultsby then allegedly pulled the woman into the bedroom, where he raped her.
The woman told police she believed Maultsby had been stalking her because he made a comment about watching her. She said Maultsby mows her lawn because he works for her landlord, but she said she had never exchanged more than greetings with him, and he had never been inside her house prior to Monday.
The woman said she noticed footprints in the snow near her first-floor windows on more than one occasion, and she believed Maultsby was responsible.
Police arrested Maultsby at his home and noted that he was “sweating profusely,” although he told officers he had been sleeping. Maultsby’s girlfriend told police Maultsby had been “in and out all day,” and had returned around 9:30 p.m.
Maultsby denied raping the woman or having sexual relations with anyone that night. He told police the three were “having a good time,” and he kissed the woman on the neck, cheek and forehead.
Police noted that Maultsby had muddy boots, and photographs of the boots were taken. A rape kit was completed on the alleged victim and evidence was collected from her bedroom.
Maultsby pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges at Lorain Municipal Court, and a pretrial hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.