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Prosecutors Presenting Case Against Man Accused Of Milliken Park Sexual Assault

By Wspa Staff

Updated: May 8, 2012

A jury will soon decide the fate of a man accused of trying to rape a woman in a Spartanburg county park.

According to the Solicitor’s Office, prosecutors continued to present its case against Walter Lance Tuesday.  Opening statements in the trial started Monday. 

Lance is accused of attacking a woman walking her dog in Milliken Park in October.  Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright used the case to push women to apply for concealed weapons permits.

Updated: May 7, 2012

The trial for the man accused of trying to rape a woman in a Spartanburg County park last fall is underway.

The solicitor's office says jury selection took place Monday morning in the Walter Lance case.  Opening statements were expected to be heard Monday afternoon.

Lance, 46, is charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and larceny after a woman says she was sexually assaulted while walking her dog in Milliken Park in October.

Sheriff Chuck Wright described Lance as an "animal" who should never walk free again and also made comments saying women should apply for concealed weapons and use them to protect themselves.

Posted: October 31, 2011

A judge denied bail for a man accused of trying to rape a woman in Milliken Park during what deputies describe as a stranger on stranger attack.

Spartanburg County deputies charged Walter Monroe Lance, 46, with criminal sexual conduct first degree, kidnapping and grand larceny.

The woman told deputies she was out walking her dog in the community park around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when Lance approached her and asked whether her dog was friendly.

When she said the dog was friendly, Lance dragged the woman into the woods, made her strip and then got behind her and began choking her, according to warrants. He then sexually assaulted her, but when the man couldn't perform, he stole the woman's car and drove off, deputies said.

The woman's car was found a few hours later in a parking lot on Sibley Street which deputies say was in walking distance to Lance's home on Front Street.

Lance was later picked out of a lineup by the victim.

Sheriff Chuck Wright held a press conference shortly before noon Monday where he described Lance as an "animal" who should never walk free again.

Wright described the woman as a nice, upstanding citizen in the Spartanburg community and says she was randomly targeted by Lance. Her identity is being protected because of the nature of the assault.

Wright said Lance has been convicted on 20 charges dating back to 1983, some of which he said include "beating up on women."

He's been convicted of crimes including car breaking, petty larceny, carrying a pistol, DUI plus assault and battery with intent to kill and criminal domestic violence, according to a background check provided by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

Lance was charged with criminal sexual assault second degree in April, 2009. The 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office says the victim refused to cooperate so the case was dismissed.

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