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Convicted serial rapist faces new charge after rape kit test

Gary Clair, 56, was convicted of 3 rapes that occurred in 2010

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A convicted serial rapist who was serving prison time has been brought back to the Duval County jail, where he's facing a new charge after the processing of a rape kit.

Gary Clair, 56, is facing a sexual assault charge from 2010. It was the same year he committed three rapes. According to police:

  • On May 2, 2010, a woman was walking on Cleveland Road when she was grabbed, pulled into some bushes and raped
  • On May 6, 2010, a second victim was kidnapped and raped
  • On Sep. 13, 2010, a woman met Clair at a store and walked back to his house where she was kidnapped and raped.

After DNA evidence matched Clair to one of the rapes that occurred in 2010, he was arrested in March 2011. Clair pleaded guilty in January 2012 to all three cases and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Seven years later, Clair was served in prison with the new warrant in a fourth case. According to the warrant, on March 13, 2010, a woman was walking on North Main Street when she was approached by Clair, dragged to a grassy area and raped.

The most recent arrest report listed two additional attack from 2010 that Clair was connected to by DNA evidence, but not charged.

Florida has been caught in a backlog of untested rape kits. At the end of 2018, FDLE reported 7,137 backlogged rape kits had been completed.


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