Orlando Police Discuss new “Malibu rapist” charges
ORLANDO, Florida. – A convicted serial rapist is now charged on 15 more sex crimes cases that occurred decades ago, according to the Orlando Police Department.
George Girtman was nicknamed “Malibu Rapist” after a series of sexual batteries in the Malibu Homes subdivision in Orlando in the 1980s and 1990s. He is currently serving a life sentence in connection with these crimes.
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On Monday, police announced that they had re-examined more than two dozen sex batteries and attempted sex battery investigations and made the decision to hire 26 of them and bring charges against Girtman against 15 of them.
“This man’s actions have impacted countless lives, including survivors of his crimes and the families, friends, detectives, prosecutors, religious leaders, elected leaders, and state lawmakers who stood up for these survivors,” the department said in a press release.
A survivor, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón, and other community leaders are expected to speak on the case at 11 a.m. Tuesday
State lawmakers recently passed a law in Florida called “Collecting DNA Evidence in Sexual Offenses Investigations,” requiring the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to create and maintain a state-wide database for tracking rape kits. The law came to be known as the Gail Act, named after Gail Gardner, an Orlando woman who was raped in 1988.
“This serial rapist, many more, [Gail Act] matched her DNA with everyone he’d caused this heartache of rape, ”said Senator Linda Stewart.
Gardner waited more than 30 years for her rapist to be identified because her sexual assault kit had not been tested for decades. She told CBS 12 that her kit would be tested in 2019 after requesting the recordings of her case from the Orlando Police Department.
“She looked over her shoulder for 30 years and didn’t know if this person could come back,” said Stewart.
The law also requires FDLE to ensure victims are informed of the status of their rape equipment.
“It doesn’t matter if he’s been in the service for 20 or 30 years. Whoever he raped has to go to court and have a sentence for that person, one survivor, two survivors, however many there are, as a graduation, “said Stewart.
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