Police: Woman threatens Man with Knife to Escape Sexual Assaults

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A woman says she had to threaten an Athens man with a knife in order to leave his home after she says he sexually assaulted her nine times over a two-day span.

The allegations come just weeks after the man is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage child.

Michael Mayville, 40, has been in custody since Feb. 28.

He was charged Thursday with nine counts of second degree sexual assault using force and one count child abuse after he reportedly hit a child.

The alleged victim told police she met Mayville online in January, and met him in person for the first time on Valentines' Day. The woman says the first assault occurred shortly after arriving at the man's home.

The woman says Mayville took her cellphone and purse to reportedly prevent her from leaving.

The woman says she was able to retrieve her purse. Inside she said she had a knife which she held to Mayville's throat while telling him she was leaving.

The woman was able to call a friend and reported incident to police in her hometown. Police there contacted the Athens Police Department spurring the investigation.

He'll return to court on April 2 to learn if the case will head to trial.

Mayville is a convicted sex offender.

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