Tuesday, March 18, 2014
SERIAL RAPIST FACING MULTIPLE LIFE SENTENCES FOR SERIES OF ‘COLD CASE’ RAPES
Rape Crimes Date Back Nearly 30 Years, Victims Ages 10 to 64
Atlanta– A convicted serial rapist known as the ‘Maintenance Man’ is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Friday against Daniel Wade, now 63, on charges Rape, Aggravated Child Molestation, Aggravated Sodomy, Aggravated Assault, Cruelty to Children, Burglary and Robbery by Intimidation in connection with a series of Fulton County rapes dating back 28 years.
The charges against Wade include rape crimes spanning one year between January 1986 and January 1987. During that period, five females ranging in age from 10 to 64 were raped in separate incidents. The victims were attacked by Wade, who posed at times as a maintenance man, to gain entry into various apartment complexes along the I-85 corridor in Northeast Atlanta. The cases went unsolved with no fresh leads for nearly 20 years.
In August 2007, The DA’s Cold Case Unit in conjunction with the Atlanta Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit revived the case and began a new investigation. The team linked DNA evidence from all five female victims from the 1980 Fulton County rapes and three other victims from Dekalb and Gwinnett Counties to a single unknown suspect.
In March 2011, investigators found a positive DNA match for those eight cases: Daniel Wade, an inmate serving federal prison time in Kentucky. After further investigation, Wade was indicted for the Fulton County rapes in September 2013.
Wade is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell. He faces a maximum of six life sentences plus 190 years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Daysha Young with assistance from Senior ADA Eddie Chase and DA Investigator Richard Beck. Investigators A.B. Calhoun and D. Agan of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial Cold Case investigation.