Child rape defendant appears in Vance County District Court

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

A Henderson man appeared in Vance County District Court Monday on felony charges of kidnapping, assault, attempted rape of a child and taking indecent liberties from arrest warrants filed in 2007.

Arrest documents indicate Greensboro police took 45-year-old Samuel Lynn Lyons into custody on Sept. 17, and Lyons was held in a Guilford County jail pending transfer to Vance County.

Court documents filed for the case note no attempt has yet been made to post bail for Lyons, who remained held on $100,000 bond pending a District Court hearing scheduled for Jan. 6.

According to arrest warrants sworn in April 2007, Lyons held his hand around an under-age female victim’s throat during an attack in which she “was sexually assaulted.”

The warrants charge Lyons with assault by strangulation and with confining the female while attempting to rape her, taking indecent liberties toward her, all against her will.

Noted in arrest documents was an address in Greensboro for Lyons at 4 Summertree Lane.

Lyons appeared before District Court Judge Randolph Baskerville. Case files note Lyons had not yet received an attorney for his defense.

The investigation includes DNA samples taken of Lyons since his arrest, performed by Greensboro police, according to case files.

Lyons also has Henderson addresses at 611 Foxborough Lane; 500 Abbott Road, Lot 13; 404 Sunnyview Road; 152 Shank St.; and 524 Stone St. Those addresses are in Vance County cases dating back to 1988 in which Lyons was charged on a total of more than a dozen assault and threat counts against at least five named female complainants.

State prison records note Lyons received probation and suspended sentences on two convictions of making threats stemming from incidents in July and September of 1992 and assaulting a female in May that year, all in Vance County.

Vance County court records note Lyons received a two-year probation order stemming from a 1993 assault incident and 45 days in jail plus 18 months probation stemming from a 1994 assault incident.

Court records on assault and threat incidents that were given hearings on court dockets in 2002, 2003 and 2004 did not contain notations of a resolution such as sentencing or a case dismissal.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.