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Judge allows Clay D. Conaway’s release on bond

New rape charges increase amount by $240,000
October 1, 2018

A bond hearing held Oct. 1 in Sussex County Superior Court will allow a Georgetown man charged with raping six women out on $310,000 bond – an increase over his initial $70,000 bond.

Clay D. Conaway, 22, had been committed to Sussex Correctional Institution Sept. 27 after he was indicted on six counts of second-degree rape. Conaway was first indicted on first-degree rape on Aug. 20, and since then, five more victims contacted Delaware State Police Major Crimes, stating they all were sexually assaulted by Conaway, police said.

Conaway had been out on $70,000 secured bond after his August arrest, but he was committed on an additional $240,000 following the latest charges. At about 7 p.m. Oct. 1, a prison notification system said that Conaway was on supervised custody status.

Conaway's parents, Timothy and Beth Conaway, agreed to put up four properties to cover the $240,000 bond. Judge Richard F. Stokes said they would lose the properties if Conaway were to violate any condition of his release, which includes no contact with the victims or their families, and home confinement.

“He'll be on home confinement, trust me,” Timothy Conaway told Judge Stokes.

A violation would result in the immediate sale of the properties with no notice given, Stokes said.

Conaway was a baseball player for University of Delaware at the time of his arrest in August. Andrea Boyle Tippett, director of external relations for University of Delaware, said he is no longer a student at the University of Delaware.

“Beyond that, I have no further details to share,” she said. “Federal privacy regulations bar us from releasing any additional information about Clay Conaway's disciplinary status or proceedings.”

Police continue to investigate, and anyone with information in reference to any additional criminal incidents involving Conaway is asked to contact Troop 4, Major Crimes Unit, Detective D. Kristunas at 302-752-3856. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.