PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man accused of raping a woman in her apartment on Sunday night has a long history of alleged criminal activity but no significant jail time.
Sean Lacy Jr., 29, faces charges of 1st-degree rape, sodomy, kidnapping, unlawful sexual penetration and burglary for the attack Sunday evening, but has previously been accused of several other crimes involving violence.
In 2003, Lacy was convicted of robbery in Clackamas County and served time. Ten years later he pleaded to 4th degree assault and harassment and was sentenced to around 20 days in jail, then probation.
In January 2017, Lacy was arrested for assault, strangulation, burglary and possession of meth after he spent the night barricaded inside a Gresham apartment with a baby. An attorney with the district attorney’s office said they scheduled 2 grand juries but the victim didn’t show up to testify so they couldn’t get an indictment.
A few weeks later, Lacy was accused of criminal trespass by a business manager, pleading to only 16 hours of community service, which he didn’t serve.
In March, a convenience store clerk failed to testify against him in a theft case.
Victim’s rights advocates say this could be due to the victims or witnesses who won’t testify in those cases or a lack of evidence.
“While I’m not defending it, it’s understandable,” said Steve Doell, president of Crime Victims United of Oregon. “If you are in fear of your life or afraid of something happening to you and your family because you step forward and have a case prosecuted, you are in a really tough spot.”