Robert Lewis Dear, the man who shot and killed three people and wounded nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last Friday, was charged with rape over two decades ago.

The Charleston Post and Courier uncovered a series of disturbing details about Dear’s past, including relationships with women that were fraught with violence.

According to the Post, the 57-year-old man was arrested Dec. 31, 1992, on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The lack of a disposition for the charge on his official criminal record suggests that the charges were dismissed. Documents from the case say that Dear showed up at the house of a woman he had been pursuing, despite the fact that she said she was married.

On Nov. 29, 1992, Dear showed up to the woman’s house while she attempted to take out the trash, according to the police report. He then put a knife to her throat, forced her back into the residence, onto her couch and then struck her in the mouth before sexually assaulting her, the report states.

Dear has been married at least three times and has four children. His second wife, Barbara Mescher, said she knew of the rape allegation in her divorce affidavit, and also said that she “lived in fear” of her husband.

“He claims to be a Christian and is extremely evangelistic, but does not follow the Bible in his actions,” Mescher stated in the affidavit. “He says that as long as he believes he will be saved, he can do whatever he pleases. He is obsessed with the world coming to an end.”

Dear appeared for the first time in court on Monday, and faces a minimum of life in prison if convicted. The Post story includes several other disturbing details about Dear’s past; read the entire thing here.

[Image via AP]

Contact the author at