Bounty hunter charged with false arrest, rape

2:02 PM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
Michael West Rayfield
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A jail bondsman is facing charges after he falsely arrested a woman at a Morristown hotel and then raped her.

It happened around 11 p.m. Monday at the Scottish Inns motel at 3515 West Andrew Johnson Highway.

A police report shows that a witness told police that Michael West Rayfield knocked on his motel room door, announced he was a bounty hunter, and threatened to kick down the door if he wasn't allowed inside.

When Rayfield entered the room, he told a woman inside that he had a warrant out of Sevier County for the arrest of her brother and that he was taking her into custody for aiding and abetting, the report states.

He also told her he was there to serve a probation warrant out of Sevier County. Police say Rayfield did not have warrants for her arrest.

The woman told police that Rayfield handcuffed her and forced her to pay for another motel room for them both to share along with another man, in place of taking her to jail that evening.

Once inside the room, police said Rayfield told the woman that he would arrest her unless she had sex with him.

The victim told police that she agreed because she was scared and unable to get away from Rayfield.

The Morristown Police Department says the victim was held for five hours until early Tuesday morning. The police report shows that Rayfield also made the victim drive him to a nearby Pilot to buy some items.

Officers found evidence of those items in Rayfield's room.

Rayfield is charged with extortion, rape and false imprisonment.

He is the owner of Skip and Slip Recovery.

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