Ex-Border Patrol agent accused of being serial rapist in decades-old cases in Arizona

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PHOENIX – Authorities said they arrested a recently retired Border Patrol agent suspected of being a serial rapist who assaulted women in Arizona.

John Daly III, 57, was arrested in Sierra Vista, Arizona, on Tuesday, the Mesa Police Department said in a statement.

He is accused of being what Mesa police are calling "the East Valley Rapist." Eight cases of sexual assault between July 1999 and October 2001 were connected by similar suspect behavior and three were connected by DNA, Mesa police said, though no leads were established at the time.

An Arizona Republic article from November 2000 says police at the time believed a serial rapist was stalking and attacking white women between 21 and 41 years old through open doors and windows in single-family homes in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona.

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Mesa police said the new lead was made possible in February thanks to funding from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, a program from the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the U.S. Department of Justice.

An investigation led to Daly, and "a history check showed that John had residency near each of the sexual assaults at the time they occurred," Mesa police said. In April, DNA linked Daly to two of the sexual assaults in Mesa and Gilbert, Mesa police said.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Arizona spokesperson Rob Daniels confirmed Daly was a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent at the Douglas Station in southeast Arizona from November 1999 until he retired in December 2019.

"CBP does not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we cooperate fully with all criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our current or former personnel," the agency said in a statement.

Mesa police said they worked with officers from the Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee police departments as well as with the FBI and Border Patrol.

The U.S. Marshals Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force and other agencies took Daly into custody in Sierra Vista on Tuesday.

Mesa police said Daly was booked on charges related to three of the eight cases, while Bisbee police will submit charges for their case and the other four cases require additional investigation.

Daly was booked into the Cochise County Jail and faces four counts of sexual assault, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of burglary, and three counts of sexual abuse, according to Mesa police.

Authorities ask that anyone with additional information about Daly to contact the Mesa Police Department.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, RAINN offers support through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE & online.rainn.org).

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