Sentencing for Clay Conaway, convicted Sept. 27 of fourth-degree rape, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Sussex County Superior Court.
A jury found Conaway, 23, guilty of sexually assaulting a woman, 20, after she went to his Georgetown home in 2018. Conaway was indicted on first-degree rape, but was found guilty of a lesser charge of fourth-degree rape. The charge has no minimum sentence but can carry up to 15 years in prison. Upon his conviction, Conaway was led away in handcuffs after Sussex County Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes revoked Conaway’s $310,000 secured bond. He is now committed to Sussex Correctional Institution.
Following Conaway’s grand jury indictment August 2018 on first-degree rape, six other woman stepped forward with charges ranging from second-degree rape to attempted second-degree rape and strangulation. Charges in one case were dismissed nolle prosequi in January, leaving five women who say Conaway raped them – one each in 2013, 2014 and 2017, and two in 2018. The next trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 2; there is no further information on which case it will be.