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Police hunted serial rapist for years – then realized suspect worked for them

Kenneth Thomas Bowen III

Kenneth Thomas Bowen III was arrested and charged with seven counts of rape and one count of sexual battery (Picture: Clayton County Police Department/ 11Alive News)

A police department spent years searching for a serial rapist then learned he had worked for them, authorities said.

Clayton County Police had been looking for a man whose DNA was recovered following seven rapes and one sexual battery in Georgia.

The assaults occurred for more than four years. The latest victim had been raped at knife point in her home in March, according to the Clayton News-Daily.

Investigators big break came when they realized that a suspicious person in one of the attacks had joined their police department as a recruit in 2018.

Kenneth Thomas Bowen III, 24, had joined the Clayton County Police Academy in June 2018 before being fired the following September for lateness and lying about his whereabouts – and police have now tied his DNA to all eight assaults, they said.

Thomas Bowen III sketch

Police had been searching for the serial rapist since 2015. (Picture: Clayton County Police Department)

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On Wednesday, Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts announced that Bowens DNA connected him to the rapes and sexual battery. They obtained a search warrant for his DNA after linking his tattoos to a victims description.



Roberts spoke of instances Bowen showed up late to work saying: Upon arriving, he gave multiple statements that differed as to where he was and who he was with. And I found that to be untruthful and a reason to remove him from our academy.

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In actuality, had he not attempted to join the ranks of the Clayton County Police Department, its questionable as to when we would have apprehended him.

One of the women who Bowen allegedly raped told the Clayton News-Daily that Bowen lived in walking distance to sRead More – Source