South Shore: Rapist caught in Maine after 35 years on the run

A man convicted of several south shore rapes and who’s been on the run for 35 years has been captured in Maine.

Massachusetts State Police say Gary Allen Irving was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday at a home in Gorham, Maine, where he had been living under the name Gregg Irving.

A Maine State Police spokesman said Gary Allen Irving was living in Gorham, with his wife and children when he was arrested. He’s due to appear in court Friday.

Irving was convicted of three Norfolk County rapes in 1978 but the start of his sentence was stayed by a judge, and Irving fled.

Irving was convicted of three separate rapes in that took place in july of 1978 in Cohasset, Weymouth, and Holbrook. In one of them, he knocked the victim off of her bike and raped her repeatedly.

Irving, who’s in his 50s, has been on the Massachusetts Top 10 Most Wanted list for decades. Maine police will be looking at unsolved rapes to see Irving might have been involved.

A search of his Maine home also turned up a number of guns, which police allege are not legally owned.

Police say Irving is scheduled to appear in a Maine court on a fugitive from justice charge.

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