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    NORCAL RAPIST: DNA leads to the arrest of Benicia man as the notorious NorCal Rapist

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    authorities in Sacramento announced the arrest of another serial rape suspect Friday morning: the so-called NorCal Rapist, who terrorized victims over a 15-year period beginning in 1991.

    Roy Charles Waller, 58, a UC Berkeley safety specialist who lives in Benicia with his wife, was arrested Thursday by Sacramento police as he arrived at the job he had worked for the past 25 years, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Police Chief Daniel Hahn announced Friday at a press conference at the DA’s crime lab.

    Waller is a safety specialist in the UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health and Safety, and was pinpointed within the last 10 days as a suspect in a series of at least 10 rapes in six counties between 1991 and 2006.

    The investigation was nearly a carbon copy match of the one that led authorities to arrest East Area Rapist suspect Joseph James DeAngelo in April.

    Schubert said Waller was found after investigators in her office entered DNA from the NorCal Rapist crime scenes into a “genetic genealogy” website called GED match – the same site used to find DeAngelo.

    That DNA came close to matching someone’s DNA who had entered their own information into the site, and Schubert said investigators were “record setting in how fast they were able to determine that Mr. Waller was the person we were looking for.”

    The probe involved building a family tree from the DNA they found on the site and eventually following that until they got to Waller, whose age and weight matched descriptions of the rapist and who had lived in or near communities where the attacks took place, according to public records.

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    Roy Charles Waller, a serial rapist who terrorized northern California for at least 15 years, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    Known as the "NorCal Rapist," Waller was sentenced to 897 years to life in state prison Friday after he was convicted of crimes including kidnapping, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy and foreign penetration, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said.

    Last month, a Sacramento jury convicted him on 46 counts in a series of assaults between 1991 and 2006 on nine women, all of whom testified in their decades-long quest for justice.

    Waller, now 60, assaulted women in six Northern California counties. In many instances, he would break into homes, bind his victims and repeatedly sexually assault them, according to the Sacramento police detective Avis Beery.

    The serial rapist would usually strike at night and would sometimes kidnap the women and take them to ATMs where he would rob them, or he would steal items from their homes, Beery said.

    'It was a DNA case'
    Since 2006, police have had DNA evidence linking six of the cases to the same suspect.

    They were unable to determine the attacker was Waller, however, because his DNA was not in the state's criminal offender database.

    The breakthrough finally came in September 2018, when biological evidence left at the crime scene of one of the women who'd been sexually assaulted was used to develop a specialized DNA profile, according to the district attorney's office.

    Using cutting-edge investigative genetic genealogy, (IGG), investigators tracked down a list of the perpetrator's potential relatives were able to narrow in on Waller as the suspect.

    No DNA or other genetic material from these potential relatives was shared with law enforcement, according to the district attorney, but investigators constructed family trees, which led them to focus in on Waller. The same DNA technology was used to identify the Golden State Killer.

    Within days, Waller was arrested at his place of employment in Berkeley, according to prosecutors.

    "It didn't matter what I did," Joe Farina, Waller's defense attorney, said last month, in the wake of Waller's conviction. "It was a DNA case. We could not overcome the fact that his DNA was at nearly all the crime scenes."

    Farina told reporters outside of the courthouse on Friday that Waller maintains he is not guilty and that he would be appealing the sentence, according to CNN affiliate KPIX.

    In addition to the nine women who testified, retired officers, detectives and sexual assault forensic nurse examiners traveled from multiple states to Sacramento to present their testimony.

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