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DETROIT (WXYZ) - A man accused in a series of rapes in the Detroit area is due back in court today.
Ikeie Smith is scheduled to face a judge for a second set of charges.
Jury selection has been underway in four of nine cases against him involving rape, home invasion and other charges.
Last year, Smith was accused in almost 3 dozen attacks on women in eight metro Detroit communities dating back to 2011.
Prosecutors say DNA connects him to several of the cases.
If convicted, he's looking at life in prison.
A suspected serial rapist in Delaware County is in police custody. The suspect is identified as 19-year-old DeJohn Lee of Chester.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says nine women were attacked in separate incidents over a three year period, dating back to when Lee was 16 years old.
All but one occurred within the city of Chester.
Lee has been under arrest since early January after one of his accusers saw him in an Eddystone store where she worked and called police.
Authorities say Lee preyed on female victims from the early morning hours into the evening at various areas within the city. While on foot or bicycle, they say Lee attacked the women while they were walking or distracted, and forcibly dragged them to secluded locations, where he would sexually assault, rape and/or rob them by gunpoint.
"This individual would stalk women, he would terrorize women, he would hide, and he would wait for young women to be walking alone," Whelan said.
Whelan says Lee has confessed to all the crimes for which he is charged.
Lee has been charged with a series of felony charges relating to the assault of nine victims including six counts of rape, two counts of attempted homicide, nine counts of aggravated assault and a series of other related charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, robbery, firearms charges, and drug possession, and possessing instruments of crime.
"Most of these victims were fighting him. They were then terrorized and some of them conceded to his wishes where he would rob them, rape them. He would do so with forcible compulsion," Whelan said.
The DA says Lee has served time before on gun charges, but was never arrested for any sex crimes; it was only last winter when he was locked up on another gun charge that they decided to do a DNA test, which did not yield results until recently.
Whelan believes there may be many more victims out in the Chester area and is asking them to come forward if they recognize Lee.
OYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia handyman accused of serial child rape is facing additional charges involving a sixth child.
Bucks County authorities said Monday that 58-year-old William Charles Thomas has been charged with 26 additional counts. Falls Township police say Thomas raped the victim when she was a child in the 1990s. Police interviewed the woman in late January.
Thomas, of Morrisville, was already charged with dozens of crimes involving five children. Prosecutors have said he kept a "perverse shrine" in his trailer — 1,000 pairs of used girl's underwear — and documented his crimes in hundreds of disturbing, graphic images and writings.
He has said he "never inflicted any pain on a child."
He remains jailed pending trial.
LIMPOPO – Ally Albert Lekala (30) has been sentenced to seven life imprisonment terms by the Polokwane high Court for the rape of seven woman between the 2005 and 2014.
According to a statment issued by Police Spokesperson, Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, the accused who is from Tafelkop outside Groblesdal, would attack the woman in remote areas, threaten them and drag them to nearby bushes or under bridges where he would rape them
The victims targeted were aged between 17 and 33-years-old and the crimes were committed in the Motetema, Siyabuswa, Tafelkop, Kgobokwane and Dennilton areas, said Ngoepe.
The Provincial Commissioner Lt General Nneke Ledwaba very pleased with the lengthy sentence given to the rapist. He further commended the detectives, especially the Family Violence, Child Protection and the Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) on their continued efforts in dealing head-on with all the sexual related offences successfully and acquiring such lengthy jail terms through their commitment and dedication.
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Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe President Takavafira Zhou has said he battled with thoughts over the abuse of a girl because of ethics involved but after serious considerations decided to blow the trumpet in order to serve the girl-child in Mberengwa in particular and Zimbabwe in general.
He said as a trade unionist, educationist and human rights defender, he saw it fit to use my knowledge to name and shame evil.
"A predatory rapist has been pouncing on Rupange primary school pupils after using bait of 50c or some sweets. Several pupils ranging from grade O to grade 3 have been raped by a notorious korokosa, Agnoris Macheche. Macheche has been so cruel that he did not even spare the daughters of his own close relatives who are minors (names withheld) and last Thursday was caught ready-handed by a close relative immediately after raping her child and bolted out of the homestead," he said.
"He raped another close relative who is a minor and pupil at Rupange primary last year. He was tracked to the gold-pits, apprehended and brought to the police base at Bvute on Monday (27/3/2017). However, the behavior of police officers at Bvute leaves a lot to be desired. In spite of the fact that Agnoris confessed to raping two of his relatives who are minors and several other pupils learning at Rupange, the police ordered the mother of the latest victim to go and report the case at Mberengwa Administrative centre, a distance of about 40km, yet the mother had no money."
He said with a minor child who could hardly walk, the mother had to walk a distance of about 10km from Rupange to Yorke.
"I was driving from my village around Chegato, and knowing Rupange uniform and as someone leading a teachers' organization (Ptuz), I stopped my car suspecting that the mother may have stolen a child as she was heading in the opposite direction from Rupange. After learning about the ordeal I gave the mother a lift and took her direct to Mberengwa police camp where I saw the officer commanding and launched a complaint on the behavior of police over a serious case of rape of minors," he said.
"What was surprising was that when the officer commanding phoned one of his officers over the case he was not even apologetic, even lied that they were still looking for the culprit when in actual fact the culprit had long been apprehended. On further interrogation he even switched off his phone. This police officer based at Bvute had even driven his own car to Vanguard area, yet he could not assist a victim and mother who desperately needed assistance to Mberengwa administrative centre. I am even afraid that with the way some police officers are after money the rapist could grease their hands and evade justice. Why the police would not assist a victim, and let alone take the perpetrator to Mberengwa remains a mystery to me."
He said cases of rape and murder have increased greatly in Mberengwa because of rogue artisanal miners (makorokosa) who connive with some police officers to evade justice.
"It is surprising that police officers at Mberengwa had to send a car to apprehend cattle rustlers instead of the raped minor and her mother. Are cattle real more important than human beings, I wonder? All the same it is my hope that the officer commanding Mberengwa Administrative centre police station will pursue the rape cases to their logical conclusion and ensure that the culprit is brought to book. A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Cry the beloved people of Mberengwa," he said.
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