Less than a month after remaining free on bond on charges of abduction and rape, a registered sex offender is behind bars again, facing new charges in another sex crime.
Authorities arrested Nathaniel Hollis Lamb, 30, in Albemarle County on charges of abduction, forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration. The Albemarle man is being held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, according to county police.
A West Virginia woman testified in July in Charlottesville General District Court that she and Lamb agreed to meet after she posted a Craigslist ad offering exotic dances and housecleaning. The two met in August 2013 near Angus Road and Emmet Street, where he tied her up, blindfolded her then drove her to an unknown location and raped her twice in his truck over the course of several hours, she testified. Lamb said the sex was consensual.
Lamb was denied bond at an initial hearing on these charges in September 2013. He was released months later due to complications in returning an “indispensable witness” to Charlottesville after she was held on a charge in her home state, said city Commonwealth’s Attorney David Chapman.
“Under those circumstances, we had to let him be released,” Chapman said. “Otherwise we would have had to drop the charges altogether.”
On Aug. 7, two weeks after July hearing, Lamb was granted bond in Charlottesville Circuit Court after a grand jury indicted him in the 2013 abduction and rape case, according to online court records.
A March trial date has been set in the case.
In 2004, Lamb pleaded guilty to using a computer to solicit a minor. He received a five-year suspended sentence and was added to the state sex offender registry.
A year later, he was charged with felony object sexual penetration and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Lamb pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and prosecutors dropped the felony case, according to court records.
In 2010, Lamb was arrested twice by county police, once for failing to register as a sex offender and a second time for assault and battery. Lamb received a 90 day sentence for failing to register, and a six month sentence for the assault charge, but all of his time was suspended, according to court records.
Albemarle police and Lamb’s lawyer J.P. “Jake” Joyce could not be reached Monday evening for comment on Lamb.