March 30, 2013

Relative of fugitive rapist tipped off authorities

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Gary A. Irving arrives at Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court on Friday after nearly 35 years on the lam.

John Ewing / Staff Photographer

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Irving's lawyer, Christopher Leddy, told Justice Roland Cole that he needed more time to review the documents in Irving's case. Cole rescheduled the hearing for 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Assistant District Attorney Anne Berlind said the fugitive-from-justice charge is not a crime in itself, and requires no plea. Irving can request a hearing if he wants to challenge the state's evidence that he is who police say he is.

Leddy said after Friday's hearing that the family had asked him not to comment on the case, and he asked that the media respect the family's wish for privacy.

Irving was convicted in 1979 of raping three women in southeastern Massachusetts. His family posted $5,000 bail to ensure his appearance for trial and he appeared. After he was found guilty, and before he was to be sentenced, a judge released him on bail for a weekend.

He never returned for sentencing.

Leddy said Thursday that Irving came to Maine because he had camped here as a child and remembered the state fondly.

Doris Dickson, who knew Irving when they were teenagers in Rockland, Mass., said his disappearance created problems for his family.

The family forfeited the $5,000 bail and she believes they lost their newly purchased home on Myrtle Street to cover the loss.

Irving's father has died, she said, but his mother and possibly two brothers are still alive.

The family moved away, she said, and Gary Irving's crimes remain part of the history of the region.

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