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Police looking at unsolved rape cases

Posted October 28, 2009 2:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 28, 2009 6:43 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police said Wednesday they are looking at unsolved rape cases to see if they might be connected to a convicted sex offender arrested this week on a first-degree rape charge.

"As part of a process, we will look at other cases that have occurred where this suspect may have been involved and as part of," police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Investigators say Donald Wesley Currin Jr., 33, of 7200 Sunset View Court, raped a woman at knifepoint at a construction site on South Saunders Street last Friday.

Currin, who is also charged with first-degree sexual offense, was in the Wake County jail Wednesday afternoon under a $1 million secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 18.

According to state Department of Correction records, Currin has a long criminal history with 18 arrests in Wake County dating to 1994, on charges that include assault on a female, burglary and taking indecent liberties with a child.

At the time of his arrest Monday, Currin was on 36 months of probation for kidnapping a 10-year-old child in January. Court records show that he was also charged with assault on a child, but that it was consolidated under a plea agreement in August.