Police: NY parolee raped Massachusetts woman

Shane Harding took the female near the New York border in the Berkshires

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A paroled sex offender shot by police during a chase six years ago raped a western Massachusetts woman before being apprehended on an upstate New York college campus, authorities said Wednesday.

Shane Harding, 25, took the female acquaintance to Hancock, near the New York border in the Berkshires, where he raped the woman Tuesday, state police Capt. Scott Coburn said. Harding then used a weapon to force her to drive him back to the Albany area, where a male acquaintance drove him 30 miles north to Saratoga Springs.

Police said they began looking for Harding after the woman reported the attack. Authorities said they found him around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in woods on Skidmore College’s campus.

Troopers said rape and kidnapping charges were pending Wednesday afternoon. It wasn’t clear if Harding had a lawyer yet.

State police said Harding removed the ankle monitor he’s required to wear as a condition of his parole on a September 2008 conviction for raping a 17-year-old woman while he was attending community college and living in Troy. Earlier that year, he led police on a chase through Albany’s eastern suburbs that ended when police shot him when he reached for a shotgun.

Harding was registered as a Level 3 sex offender after the 2008 conviction in Rensselaer County. He was released on parole January.

The Skidmore campus was shut down for several hours during the police search, with students told to remain in their rooms. The campus reopened late Wednesday morning.

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