CHESTER — A convicted sex offender with at least 10 known aliases who hasnt been seen in more than a week raped a Chester girl this month while she was asleep and then went to smoke a cigarette after assaulting her in a family members home, police say.
After unsuccessfully trying to find John Henry Bunny Rabbit Lowery II for 10 days, authorities are asking for the public's help in finding him. Records show that Lowery was once convicted of sexual crimes in West Virginia.
On Nov. 3, police spoke with the 12-year-old girls mother, who told them that Lowery raped her daughter, according to a Chester Police report.
The woman told police she took the girl to Chester Regional Medical Center for examination, but was informed they were not equipped to evaluate her there.
An officer spoke with the girl who told them that she woke up as someone was touching her side, the report states. She saw Lowery in the room. He left and she fell back asleep.
Minutes later, the girl woke up again and realized she did not have any pants on, the report states. Lowery began touching her before he climbed on top of her and assaulted her, police say.
After the assault, he went into the next room to smoke, the report states. The victim told police her sister was in the same room where the assault happened.
The girl had been spending the night at a relatives house, said Keisha Tobias, Chester Police spokeswoman.
Since the incident was reported, investigators have tried to find Lowery, but have been unsuccessful, Tobias said. Authorities hope the public will be able to help in the search.
Records show that Lowery, who is listed as having used 10 different aliases, including Bunny, Rabbit Lowery, was convicted of sexual abuse in the third degree in West Virginia in 2006 after a jury found him guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old girl while he was 35 and married with children. The girl and Lowery were members of the same church, and Lowery had been employed at a community center where she was a member of the dance team, according to a U.S. Supreme Court opinion denying Lowerys request for acquittal.
His prison sentence was between two to 10 years. He was released from prison in 2011.
Lowerys criminal history in South Carolina includes convictions for shoplifting, simple assault and battery and larceny in the late 1980s, and burglary and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in the 1990s, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division. In 2003, he was convicted of public disorderly conduct. Last year, he was convicted of possession of marijuana and made to pay a fine.
Those with information on Lowery's whereabouts are asked to call 803-899-1659.