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08/03/05

Serial Rape Suspect Indicted on 31 Charges

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There's been an unexpected turn of events in the case against the suspected serial rapist. Instead of holding his preliminary hearing tomorrow, a grand jury indicted Ron Young, 23, today.

Until today, Young was only charged with raping two women in Savannah. Now he's charged with raping five women since June of last year.

When Port Wentworth police arrested him, many people already knew his face. They'd seen it for months, plastered at local gyms and at apartment complexes.

Today, a Chatham County grand jury indicted Young on 31 charges. He's accused of raping and kidnapping the women at gunpoint, and forcing them to perform other sexual acts. The full list of charges is four counts of rape, six counts of aggravated sodomy, five counts of aggravated sexual battery, five counts kidnapping with bodily injury, five counts of possession of a firearm, three counts of armed robbery and three counts of hijacking a motor vehicle.

The attacks all happened between June and September of last year.

Young's attorney says he believes the district attorney's office went straight for the indictment today so that specific information about the case isn't released until the trial. Young's attorney also says, because this case is getting so much publicity, he's thinking about filing a change of venue motion.

It could be at least a year until the case actually goes to trial.

Assistant district attorney David Lock says another reason they went ahead with the indictment is to protect the privacy of the victims in this case.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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