An Oregon serial rapist known as the “jogger rapist” will be released from prison in December after serving nearly 36 years, almost the entirety of his maximum sentence.
Richard Gillmore, who got his nickname because he stalked victims as he jogged around their homes, was arrested in 1986. He confessed to raping nine girls in the Portland area in the 1970s and 1980s, but was convicted in only one case because of the statute. of limitations.
A jury found him guilty in 1987 of raping 13-year-old Tiffany Edens the year before. She is his last known victim.
Edens recently addressed her impending release on social media, when she said she received a voicemail in August from the state’s Victim Information and Notification Service, warning her of her upcoming release.
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“I’ve been slowly processing the reality of it all,” he wrote.
Prison officials said Gillmore was transferred in August from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla to the minimum-security Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland to help prepare for his release in society, The Oregonian reported. He will be 63 when he is released in December.
According to KOIN, Gillmore will remain under supervision until 2034 and could find himself behind bars again if he violates his probation.
In the Edens case, a judge sentenced Gillmore to at least 30 years in prison with a maximum of 60 years. However, a parole board reduced his sentence by half a year after his conviction.
Danielle Tudor accused Gillmore of raping her in 1979 when she was a teenager. She has publicly opposed his release.
“If he could have been indicted for all the violations he committed, he would never have gotten out,” Tudor told KOIN.
Gillmore has been classified as a sex offender with the lowest risk of recidivism and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life because of his rape conviction. The low-level classification means that the state and county are not required to alert nearby residents if you live in their area.
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His victims have expressed outrage that he is not classified as a high-risk sex offender.
Tudor said he did not understand why he was being classified as a low-level sex offender, according to The Oregonian.
“He was designated as a dangerous offender at trial,” Tudor said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.