Serial rapist indicted for more rapes

Serial rapist indicted for more rapes

A convicted violent criminal who preyed on women between 2003 and 2008 on Cleveland's west side, often approaching his victims while riding a bicycle, has been indicted for the rapes of three women.

The grand jury charged Joe Brown, 38, of Cleveland, with four counts of rape, three counts of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and gross sexual imposition.

Brown is currently locked up at the Richland Correctional Institution where he is serving a four-year sentence for felonious assault. In that case, he attacked a 15-year-old girl in the area of West 76th Street and Detroit Avenue in 2003. He was indicted and convicted in 2011 after investigation by the Cold Case Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

Brown had been due to be released on May 19, but instead he will be returning to Cuyahoga County to stand trial on these new charges.

The indictment charges Brown with the November 11, 2003, rape of a 17-year-old victim near West 73rd Street and Lorain Avenue; with the June 18, 2008, rape of a 23-year-old near West 92nd Street and Detroit; and with the October 6, 2008, rape of a 20-year-old near West 46th Street and Detroit.

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