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Lewes Sex Offender Arrested for Raping Elderly Woman

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police say a registered sex offender from Lewes is facing multiple charges following accusations that he raped a 78-year-old woman at her Rehoboth Beach home.

Troopers said the incident occurred at around 12:45 a.m. Monday, when 43-year-old David L. Elder entered the home of the 78-year-old victim, with whom he is familiar, with a key to the house and began making inappropriate advances and physical contact with her. Police said Elder, who was wearing a mask at the time, then left the home and rode away on his electric-powered bicycle.  The victim was familiar with the owner of the bicycle and immediately called the suspect's wife, according to police. Troopers said that while the two women were on the phone, Elder returned to his house on his bicycle and his wife immediately ran out of the house to call 9-1-1.

Police said Elder, who was found to be in possession of the mask he was wearing, was taken into custody by the Lewes Police Department and turned over to troopers at his home.  He was then transported back to Troop 7 in Lewes where he was subsequently charged with first- and second-degree rape, first-degree burglary and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony.  He was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution on $226,000 cash bond. 

Elder is also a Tier 2 (medium-risk) registered sex offender due to a 1993 unlawful sexual contact conviction. According to the Delaware Sex Offender Registry, the victim in that case was a child between the ages of 12 and 15.

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