Man gets 30 years for multiple rapes

February 03, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Columbia man convicted of rape was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for attacking a woman three times in one night in April.

Paul Sylvester Moals of the 5400 block of Old Tucker Row was convicted of three counts of second-degree rape and one count of second-degree sexual offense in a court trial in December.

"Obviously, [the victim] was brutalized by the rape," Circuit Judge Raymond Kane Jr. said in yesterday's sentencing hearing.

Judge Kane sentenced Moals, 29, to 20 years in prison for one rape count plus five years for each of the other rape counts. The defendant also was ordered to serve a 10-year sentence for the sexual offense simultaneously with the rape charges.

Before receiving the sentence, Moals asked Judge Kane to dismiss the charges against him. He added that he plans to appeal his conviction.

"I do not feel I was justified here," Moals told the judge.

Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Murtha asked the judge to sentence Moals to 20 years in prison for each of the rape counts. He noted that Moals was convicted for third-degree rape last year and assault with intent to rape as a juvenile in 1980.

Edward Bell, an attorney for Moals, called the prosecution's requested sentence "greatly excessive."

Moals and a Raleigh, N.C., woman were waiting for a friend outside the Mall of Columbia when he talked her into taking a walk with him to a nearby wooded area on April 21.

Once at the wooded area, off the 10200 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, he forced the woman to have intercourse and perform a sex act, according to a police report filed in court. Moals took the woman to a laundry room in the 10300 block of Twin Rivers Road where he raped her again, police said. The defendant then took the victim to an apartment in the 5900 block of Harpers Farm Road and attacked her a third time.

While at the apartment, the woman escaped and ran to the Howard County General Hospital to report the rape.

Moals testified at his trial that the woman consented to having intercourse with him.

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