Escaped Inmate Raped, Stalked Victim

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MANSFIELD, Ohio — An inmate who escaped from the Mansfield Correctional Institution Wednesday was convicted after he followed a woman home from a bar, broke into her home and raped her.

The 45-year-old victim had a gun but James David Myers overpowered her, according to Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Myers was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison in November 2010.  He was admitted to the prison that December.  He chose his 47th birthday to escape.

According to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Myers was last seen prior to Wednesday’s 9 p.m. population count.

His offenses included kidnapping, rape, aggravated burglary, corruption with drugs, weapons under disability and menacing by stalking.

On July 2, 2010, Myers committed the rape in Summit County.  The victim did not know him.

Walsh said Myers was charged with a DUI just 100 yards from the victim’s home the very next day and stalked her the days after.

He was arrested July 8, 2010.

Myers is designated as a sexually violent predator.

Officials are not saying how Myers escaped.  They are looking at the possibility that he used a maintenance department extension ladder to get over a fence.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is using helicopters to search for him.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the Mansfield Correctional Institution at (419) 526-2000, or local authorities.

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