Judge lowers bond for Summit County man accused of kidnapping, raping woman

Man charged with raping and kidnapping a woman in Summit County is a registered sex offender

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - A registered sex offender accused of kidnapping a woman and holding her captive in the basement of his Coventry Township home, had his bond reduced at a hearing Thursday morning.

John Lent, 60, was being held on a $1 million bond.

Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Susan Baker Ross lowered the bond to $500,000.

Lent was arrested by Summit County Sheriff deputies on Oct. 13, 2020.

Summit County Sheriff Inspector William Holland said deputies responded to the home on Swartz Road after receiving two 911 calls regarding a woman being held hostage.

“The deputy asked if there were any females in the residence and the man said no. At that point the deputy announced himself and said Sheriff’s Office, he heard a female’s voice screaming for help -- coming from the basement. Shortly thereafter a female came running up the stairs of the basement with a man chasing her trying to pull her back into the basement. At that point the deputy responded,” Inspector Holland said.

Deputies rescued the 39-year-old woman and EMS transported her to Akron General Medical Center.

Holland said the woman had somehow managed to text a friend who called 911.

19 News has learned Lent was just released from prison in August and is a registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1984.

Lent’s convictions include multiple counts of aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, domestic violence, burglary and theft.

Lent is due back in court on Feb. 4.

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