Man, 27, gets life term in rape cases

October 26, 2001|By Sarah Koenig and Del Quentin Wilber | Sarah Koenig and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 27-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to seven life terms in prison after pleading guilty to raping or sexually assaulting seven women and girls in West Baltimore between November and January.

Dante Anthony Green of the 1800 block of Wilhelm St. pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sexual offense and two counts of use of a deadly weapon. Baltimore Circuit Judge David B. Mitchell imposed seven concurrent life sentences.

Prosecutor Jo Anne Stanton said Green used a knife, and later a black toy gun, to assault and rob his victims, who ranged in age from 14 to 28.

A week after being released from prison on a theft conviction in late November, Green raped his first victim, said Detective Chris Jones of the sex offense unit.

Green approached two girls walking at night through a park in the first block of S. Gilmor St., the detective said. Green raped one of the girls while the other was forced to watch, Jones said.

A few nights later, Green raped a 15-year-old girl in an alley off the 1500 block of W. Lexington St., Jones said.

Over the next few weeks, Green raped four more 14- or 15-year-old girls, Jones said.

In late January, detectives got their first break in the case. Green sexually assaulted an ex-girlfriend, who reported the incident to police and gave them a detailed description of him, Jones said.

Detectives arrested Green in February, Jones said, and later matched DNA samples taken from rape victims to Green.

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