Lewes man found guilty in 2015 rape of elderly Rehoboth Beach woman

December 29, 2017

A 45-year-old Lewes man has been found guilty for raping a Rehoboth Beach woman in 2015.

A Sussex County Superior Court jury found David Elder guilty of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree burglary and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. He is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 26, 2018, facing a mandatory life sentence for his rape charge, officials say.

In the early morning of Dec. 28, 2015, Elder rode his electric-powered bicycle to the home of a woman he knew, who was 78 years old at the time. Police said Elder used a key to enter her home, and he was wearing a gray ski mask when he sexually assaulted her.

The woman recognized his electric-powered bicycle and then called Elder’s wife on the telephone. The two were still talking on the telephone when Elder returned to his home, police said.

The wife ran out of the home and called 911; police arrested Elder with the mask he wore during the incident.

At the time, Elder was a tier 2 registered sex offender following an unlawful sexual contact conviction in 1993. He was previously declared a habitual offender for failure to re-register as a sex offender in 2012.