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Norcal Rapist found guilty on 46 charges

This undated photo released by the Sacramento Police Department shows Roy Charles Waller. The Sacramento Bee reports Waller was arrested Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, by Sacramento police. Waller is suspected of committing at least 10 rapes across Northern California between 1991 and 2006. District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert says her office used DNA and genealogy websites to zero in on Waller. (Sacramento Police Department via AP)

The jury in the Norcal Rapist trial took less than one day to deliberate the charges against Roy Waller before finding him guilty of all 46 charges, including rape, sodomy and kidnapping.

Waller’s crime spree lasted from 1991-2006. There were 9 victims over the course of 15 years. Waller was arrested in Benicia in 2018 and his DNA, obtained from a drinking straw helped investigators crack the case.

Trial lasted 4 weeks. Victims detailed the sexual assaults on the witness stand. Sentencing is scheduled for December 18, 2020

The Sacramento DA’s office issued the following statement:

“First, and foremost, we want to thank the jurors for their time and diligence in reaching this quick and definitive verdict.  Nine victims waited for more than 20 years for this moment and it is only with the use of Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) and the science of DNA that it has come.  This is their day.
As our District Attorney has often stated: “DNA technology is the greatest tool given to the justice system to exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty.”  Justice in this case was a long time in the making.  However, law enforcement officers and detectives involved in the investigation never stopped searching for the truth. Through their dogged efforts and the advent of IGG that truth has come to fruition.” – Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi
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