March 29th, 2013
09:34 PM ET

Rapist caught after 35 years on run

Convicted serial rapist Gary Irving was offered a weekend of freedom by a judge in Massachusetts before reporting to jail. He took nearly 35 years.

One of Massachusetts' most wanted fugitives was living a quiet life in Gorham, Maine, until he was arrested Wednesday night at his home. Irving, 52, was found living under the name Gregg Irving, Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said Friday in a statement.

Irving was convicted in 1978 of raping three young women in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. According to Massachusetts State Police, Judge Robert Prince released the 18-year-old defendant on bail to his parents in order to make final arrangements before sentencing. Irving, facing the possibility of life in prison, never returned.

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  1. .

    What a wholesome looking man.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    Wonder if her ra.ped women during the 35 years he roamed free!?

    March 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I've wondered that, as well.
      I wonder if, after all that time, he ever figured out that taking a woman by force is, on every level, wrong...perhaps he will be faced with that in prison.

      March 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    I was wondered that same thing at fernace. I guess if i was a criminal i would wanta live in Maine. I mean this guy didnt even change his last name and still was able to roam free for 35 years.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emily

    Poor guy. He's liven that's 35 years in peace, paying taxes and helping society. Incarcerating him now will only cost taxpayers money and serve no purpose

    March 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laquanda

      Agreed. Any punishment he receives now is just revenge. He should be left alone.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Uh huh. Those three women he raped would not agree.
      As you two wouldn't if you were his victims. Why am I answering you two? You're trolls.

      March 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    So we should just let escaped rapists to roam free? Thats stupid.

    March 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nacho Cheese Dip On A Friday Night In 1989

    Shouldve just left him alone.

    March 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? Do nothing, let him continue to run free after being found guilty and then ran? With these kind of comments, why not just do away with our justice system? Some comments are just beyond understanding. Lock this sucker up until his time is served or he dies in prison!

    April 1, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Monty Python

    He sure do have a purty mouth.

    April 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |