Gaston NC July 30 2011 A man with a history of violence against women is charged with raping a patient who was heavily medicated at a Gaston County hospital, reports the Gaston Gazette.
Howard Evan Gillespie Jr., 44, of Gastonia was being held in Gaston County jail, charged with second-degree rape.
Gastonia police told the Gazette that Gillespie was also a patient at Gaston Memorial Hospital on July 20 when he raped the woman.
The victim, who did not know Gillespie, was rendered “physically helpless” because of medication, but she was not entirely unconscious, police told the Gazette.
Gillespie has a long criminal record beginning in the early 1980s with convictions such as larceny, resisting an officer and felony breaking and entering, according to the N.C. Department of Correction. He’s been convicted of assault on a female three times since 1997.
He was released from prison in February after serving about a year and a half for convictions of habitual misdemeanor assault, according to the DOC.