Teen pleads guilty in rape, attack

Staff WriterJuly 27, 2009 

An Apex teen pleaded guilty Monday to the rape of a Cary woman and an attack on her and her husband. The teen was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

Gavin John Clevesy, 18, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree sexual offense, first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill in the Sept. 27 attacks. His attorney, Thomas Manning, said he could have spent life in prison. Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway sentenced him to between 430 months and 552 months in prison and ordered him to seek a mental health and substance abuse treatment.

"The whole thing was a tragedy," Manning said, "But the judge took it at all into account. It's a lengthy sentence, but he'll have a life. There's no joy in any of this."

Clevesy, of 311 Milky Way Drive in Apex, faced five felony charges, including first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping, in the assault on the woman and her 67-year-old husband.

A search warrant accused Clevesy of trying to sexually assault the woman in the Cary house after initially disabling her husband. The man was able to get up and try to defend his wife, the document said, but Clevesy attacked him again with objects in the house. After the woman escaped the house, Clevesy followed her and attacked her in nearby woods, the warrant said

Clevesy was arrested after passers-by came to the couple's aid.

The News & Observer does not typically identify people who report they've been the victims of sexual assaults.

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