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Police: Convicted sex offender assaulted Carlisle woman


AYER — A 40-year-old level three sex offender living at a local motel will be back in Ayer District Court on Friday for a dangerousness hearing after being arraigned yesterday on charges of kidnapping and assault and battery against a Carlisle woman over the weekend.

Police Chief Richard Rizzo identified the sex offender as John E. Traywick, of 18 Fitchburg Rd., the Ayer Motor Inn, where he was arrested on Saturday morning.

Ayer District Court Judge James Wexler held Traywick without bail and remanded him to a Cambridge jail to await the hearing.

Rizzo said a 24-year-old Carlisle woman, whom he did not identify, alleged that Traywick kidnapped her after she and a male companion ran out of gas early Saturday morning after leaving the Blue Shamrock Tavern in Lowell.

Traywick was flagged down by her companion and allegedly agreed to give the couple a ride.

The woman told police her companion saw some friends and asked Traywick to stop so he could get assistance from them, said Rizzo. After the man exited the truck, the woman said Traywick drove away with her, and she passed out.

The woman said she was driven to Ayer where she was assaulted by Traywick, who then drove her back to Lowell.

The woman returned to her car, Rizzo said, which then had gas in it, and drove away.

The woman, said Rizzo, first went to Lowell police with her story, and they contacted Ayer police because the incident is alleged to have occurred locally. The woman was taken to Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell for treatment after reporting the incident.

Rizzo said Traywick is currently on probation after Ayer police charged him late last year with failing to register as a sex offender when they found him living at the Ayer Motor Inn. He was placed on probation for one year.

This latest incident puts him in violation of his probation, said Rizzo. Traywick was placed on the sex offender registry after being convicted in 1985 of indecent assault and battery.

The investigation is continuing, Rizzo said, and more charges are likely to be brought up.