Spiderman' rapist gets 150 yearsBy staff writers
May 25, 2007 10:56am
A NEW York rapist dubbed "Spiderman" because of his modus operandi of crawling up fire escapes and slipping through windows to rape women has been sentenced to 150 years to life in prison.
Reginald Swinton, 52, was sentenced today for two rapes and a sodomy committed in June 2005.
"The defendant is the definition of a career criminal," Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg said, pointing out Swinton's criminal record dates to the mid-1970s.
Swinton was arrested in July 2005 after DNA evidence and a palm print connected him to several sex attacks in which the assailant scaled fire escapes and crept in through open windows.
Prosecutors said Swinton, who had spent 26 years in prison - 11 of them for rape, would attack his victims while covering their faces to protect his identity, then make them clean themselves to dispose of evidence.
The judge called Swinton a "pathological predator".
On Monday a Manhattan jury deliberated for little over three hours to find Swinton guilty.
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