OKLAHOMA governor candidate Paul Tay has been accused of kidnapping a woman and raping her with a pipe after she responded to an ad to join his campaign team.
Tay, 58, was arrested on Monday as police allege he locked the woman in his car, hit her with the pipe, and then sexually assaulted her at his home.
He's been charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping, and assault with a dangerous weapon, according to Tulsa Police.
Tay, a perennial independent political candidate, was running for governor of Oklahoma in next year's race.
Police said that the woman responded to a Craigslist ad for a job interview with his campaign team.
He offered to pick her up because she did not have a car and met her in Bethany, police said.
The woman attempted to exit the car when she realized Tay was heading to Tulsa, but Tay reportedly "grabbed a pipe and hit her on her pelvis area as she was attempting to get out."
The victim alleged that at one point during the trip, Tay ran out of gas and then locked her in the car as he panhandled money to fill up his tank.
He then took her to his home and attempted to have sex with her before raping her with the pipe, police said.
On Monday, the woman was able to persuade Tay to take her to Walmart to buy hygiene products.
She was able to get help from an employee at the store, and Tay was arrested in the parking lot.
He's being held at the Tulsa County Jail on an $85,000 bond.
He faces five years to life in prison for the first-degree rape charge, up to 10 years for assault with a dangerous weapon, and up to 20 for kidnapping.
He is expected to appear in court on Monday.
This is not Tay's first time being arrested.
He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in 2003, was arrested again for soliciting prostitution in 2019, and was found guilty in the case in 2020 for outraging public decency, according to the Washington Post.
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