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Friday
Aug312012

Missing Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Case Sentenced to 99 Years

Hemera/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Authorities in Texas are searching for a convicted rapist who vanished in the middle of his trial and has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Eric McGowen, 20, was not in court for his conviction or for his sentence on Thursday. The jury decided that he was guilty of the aggravated sexual assault after less than 15 minutes of deliberations. McGowen was then sentenced to 99 years in prison.

McGowen was out of jail on bond during the trial. He was in court for the victim's tearful testimony on Wednesday, but failed to return from a court break soon after. Since he was out on bond, he did not have an official accompanying him during the break.

Wednesday was the first day of trial. Judge Mark Morefield issued an arrest warrant for him and increased the bond from $35,000 to $250,000. Testimony continued without him.

A Liberty County Court official told ABC News Friday that McGowen is still on the lam.

In addition to his conviction and sentence, he has been hit with a $10,000 fine, according to ABC News' Houston affiliate KTRK.

Eric McGowen was one of 14 adults accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Texas girl. McGowen and 13 other adults are accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting the young girl over a three-month period in 2010. Six juvenile suspects have also been charged.

McGowen was the first defendant to face trial.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr262012

'Teardrop Rapist' Linked to First Attack in Five Years

Los Angeles Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- A serial rapist in Los Angeles known for a teardrop tattoo and distinct mode of operation has attacked a 28th victim after a five-year hiatus.

Authorities in Los Angeles are on the hunt for the "teardrop rapist" and asking for the public's help.  The suspect has been linked to 28 sexual assaults beginning in February 1996.

After no reported attacks for five years, authorities used DNA to link the suspect to a November 2011 attack.

On Nov. 10, a 15-year-old girl was walking in south L.A. when a man approached her and asked for directions.  He then pulled a gun on her and forced her to walk a short distance to a yard where he sexually assaulted her, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities do not know the reason behind the five-year break between attacks, but have speculated that it could mean the perpetrator could have been behind bars for another crime.

The 28 similar incidents have been linked "through DNA evidence and/or the suspect's distinct mode of operation," according to police.

"The crimes have been rape, sodomy, oral copulation, kidnapping … the M.O. is very distinct … these are women walking alone," Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said at a news conference.

All of the crimes occurred early in the morning between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., police said in a news release.  The suspect approached each victim and engaged them in conversation before producing a knife or firearm.  He would then force them to walk to a secluded area where he would sexually assault them.  The victims have ranged from ages 14 to 41.

And then there's the unforgettable teardrop tattoo.

"The teardrops have been mentioned by a large number of the victims.  We believe that that is a clue in play and worthy of mention, yet confusing because some victims have said right eye, some victims have said left eye," Albanese said.  "Some victims have said one teardrop; one victim said as many as three teardrops.  So, we don't want to confuse the public, but at the same time we want to put information out that's relevant to our ability to arrest this guy."

On Tuesday, the LAPD released nine composite sketches of the suspect based on the descriptions from the 28 victims.  Police acknowledge the variations in the illustrations and said they are common when crimes are reported by multiple people over several years.

Albanese also warned women in Los Angeles to be on high alert and advised that they not walk around in those early hours alone, especially with headphones on that would make it hard to hear someone approaching.

Authorities believe the suspect is a Hispanic male between the ages of 27 and 40 with brown hair and brown eyes.  They think he is between 5-feet-2 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs between 130 and 200 pounds.  He has been described as having a light complexion and possibly a moustache.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Sorority Rapist's Bizarre Obsession

This man is suspected of attacking Delta Sigma Theta sorority alums in Texas. (http://plano.gov)(PLANO, Texas) -- A Texas serial rapist who is attacking older members of one of the nation's most prominent sororities appears to have bizarre and dangerous compulsions, a forensic psychologist told ABC News.

The rapist has assaulted four women in the Dallas area, all in their mid-50s to mid-60s who are alums of the largest Greek-lettered black sorority in the world, Delta Sigma Theta.

"Most often the target population is going to be a younger group of women," said Naftali Berrill, director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science. She described the case as "weird and unusual."

"It's typically not going to be middle-aged women who come from a certain subclass," Berrill said.

"Someone with this obsession doesn't cultivate these obsessional ideas overnight," she said. "This is coming from, I'm guessing, something much more historical and deeply rooted in this guy's psychological history. It's just too specific a group."

The age of the women is so atypical that Marisa Mauro, a forensic psychologist who owns a private practice in Austin, Texas, told ABC News, "I have not heard of serial rapist who has targeted that population."

Another oddity: the crimes took place in three different cities over an 11-month time period.

"Rapists don't usually target specific people for any particular reason," criminal profiler Pat Brown said Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. "They usually find victims who are just in their neighborhood who are convenient."

The Dallas-area rapist has attacked between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. at the homes of the victims, who were each alone at the time. Two of the attacks happened in Plano, Texas, one in Coppell and the most recent assault was on Oct. 14 in Corinth.

"The one thing I can say with certainty is that there will be an obsessional component to this guy," Berrill said, but "his motivation for doing this remains to be seen."

Police have identified a suspect on surveillance video, a black man who appears to be in his late 30s to mid 40s, about 5-feet-7 to 6-feet tall, and between 250 and 300 pounds, according to Plano police spokesman Andrae Smith. He may also have a thin or trimmed beard with a receding hairline.

Berill said the rapist is "obviously doing his research and doing some stalking," and it's likely he has been "obsessing about them and has determined that this is the way he can humiliate and pay them back for perceived humiliation, insults, or rejections."

The victims are closer to his mother's age than a girl he would have dated, Berill said, which makes for "an interesting dynamic."

"He's targeting women that might be his mother's age," Berill said, suggesting he might have had issues with his mother, "some dynamic going on with his father or a male in his life."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Plano Police Department Tip Line at 972-941-2148 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 877-373-8477.

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Monday
Oct242011

Serial Rapist Attacking Sorority Sisters in Texas, Cops Say

Plano, Texas Police Department(DALLAS) -- Police in the Dallas area are hunting a suspected serial rapist who appears to be targeting alumnae members of one sorority, and each of the victims told investigators the assailant seemed to have personal knowledge about them.

Four alumnae of the same sorority -- black women in their mid-50s to early 60s -- were raped in their Dallas-area homes over the last 11 months, apparently all by the same assailant, according to an alert sent out by the Plano, Texas Police Department.

The most recent of the attacks occurred around 9:15 p.m. Friday in Corinth, police said.

The police statement did not identify the sorority, but the Dallas Morning News reported that it was Delta Sigma Theta, and that the sorority had sent out email alerts to alumnae.

Some alumnae of the sorority told ABC News that they themselves had not received the email alerts, but said they had heard about them from others.

Besides the attack in Corinth, in Denton County, two of the rapes occurred in Plano and the other in Coppell, both of which are in Dallas County.  Each of the four attacks happened between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The suspect, who is seen in a surveillance video released by Plano police, is described as a black man, estimated to be in his late 30s to mid-40s, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall and 250 to 300 pounds.  He has a trimmed beard and short hair, and possibly a receding hairline, police said.

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Friday
Apr152011

Pictures in Accused Rapist's Camera Provide Chilling Evidence Against Him

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A Washington state woman who police charged with filing a false rape report has been vindicated by chilling photos of her ordeal found on an accused serial rapist's camera, law enforcement officials say.

Marc O'Leary, 32, is currently being held in Jefferson County Jail in Colorado on a $5 million cash bond and has been charged with 25 felony counts including rape, burglary and stalking in connection with two rapes in Golden and Westminster, Colo., and an attempted rape in Lakewood, Colo.

None of the victims saw the face of their attacker, who wore a black mask, but one victim did see a birthmark on his leg.

In the Golden attack, which lasted for four hours, O'Leary threatened the victim with a silver and black gun and said he would shoot her if she screamed, according to the arrest affidavit. He tied her up and took photographs after forcing her to wear thigh-high stockings and high heels, the affidavit said.

Detectives testified this week that when they raided O'Leary's home in Lakewood, a Denver suburb, they took a memory card from his camera that showed more than a hundred photos of his sex-assault victims. They identified one of the photos as being of a woman in Lynnwood, Wash., who was 18 when she reported a rape in 2008.

Cops didn't believe her story, and she had to pay a $500 fine for making a false charge. O'Leary lived in nearby Mountlake Terrace, Wash., from 2006 to 2009, police say.

The case has now been reopened.

The identities of the women was not released because they were allegedly victims of sexual assaults.

Pam Russell, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County district attorney, said she couldn't yet reveal the details of how authorities realized the woman in some of the pictures was linked to the Washington case. "There's some great police work that went on," she said.

The case has been "terrifying" for the suburban Denver area, which has relatively little violent crime, she said.

O'Leary, who is six-foot-one and weighs 220 pounds, was arrested in February and will be arraigned on May 16.

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