Serial rapist who spent 34 years on the run returns to Maine to face federal charges

Gary Allen Irving, who was convicted of three rapes in Massachusetts in 1978 and was found living in Gorham last week, appears in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court in Aprile 2013.
Gary Allen Irving, who was convicted of three rapes in Massachusetts in 1978 and was found living in Gorham last week, appears in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court in Aprile 2013. Buy Photo
Posted Feb. 04, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 04, 2014, at 9:11 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A serial rapist from Massachusetts who spent 34 years as a fugitive before he was caught in Maine last year, was back in the Pine Tree state Tuesday to face federal charges stemming from his time here living under an assumed name.

Gary Alan Irving, 53, who was sentenced to nearly four decades behind bars in May 2013 for three 1979 rapes in the Bay State, faces three felony charges in Maine — identity theft, social security fraud and being a felon in possession of firearms.

When police arrested Irving in March 2013, they found four rifles, four shotguns and a .22-caliber six-shooter when they searched his Gorham home, the federal indictment filed in December states.

He entered not guilty pleas to the three charges before a U.S. District Judge on Tuesday, said J. Hilary Billings, his public defender. Now that Irving has entered pleas to the charges against him, the discovery phase begins, but he won’t be returned to Massachusetts until after the Maine case is concluded, his defense attorney said.

“He’ll be held at the Strafford County Jail in Strafford, New Hampshire, pending the federal charges,” Billings said.

Two months after his capture in Maine, Irving was returned to the same Dedham, Mass., courtroom that he fled three decades before and was sentenced to two consecutive 18- to 20-year terms in state prison.

Irving was supposed to be sentenced June 27, 1979, after he was convicted of raping three 16-year-old girls in Weymouth, Cohasset and Holbrook. Instead, he fled.

He ended up in Maine living under the name Gregg Irving.

He was Massachusetts State Police’s longest-wanted fugitive.

The Patriot Ledger contributed to this story.

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the judge overseeing the case as U.S. District Judge George Singal.

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