CHESTER — The convicted sex offender wanted for sexually assaulting a Chester girl earlier this month was found on Thursday hiding in the attic of his mother's home, police said.
Police on Wednesday released information about John Henry "Bunny Rabbit" Lowery, who had been convicted of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in West Virginia several years ago, in hopes of finding him after 10 days unsuccessfully tracking him down.
At about 2 p.m. Thursday, police, along with the Sheriff's Office and State Law Enforcement Division, found him at his mother's home on Pinckney Street after receiving a tip, said Keisha Tobias, Chester Police spokeswoman. He had been hiding in the attic, and was taken into custody without incident.
On Nov. 3, the mother of a girl, 12, told police Lowery raped her daughter.
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, Tobias said.
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.