- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 26, 2006

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — A rapist who has struck at least five times since April in and around Baytown has not only spread fear in this working-class community, but also piqued the interest of those who study the criminal mind.

The reason: He preys on other men.

That makes him something of a rarity in the world of crime.

“It’s the least prevalent kind of serial rape, and largely underreported,” said Jack Levin, a leading criminologist and director of the Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence at Northeastern University in Boston.

Mr. Levin and other analysts say male-on-male rape sometimes stems from sexual encounters gone bad. But that does not appear to be the case with the rapist in this oil-refining town of 70,000 people about 30 miles east of Houston.

Instead, he methodically identifies and stalks young men and attacks them at gunpoint or knifepoint in or near their homes, said Capt. Roger Clifford. Sometimes he robs his victims, too, but rape appears to be the primary motivation, police said.

“This is certainly of interest, an interesting case,” Mr. Levin said.

The U.S. Justice Department says one in 33 men in the United States has been a victim of a rape or attempted rape, compared with one in six women. Analysts say men are far less likely to report a rape to authorities, because they fear being perceived as weak or see the attack as an assault on their masculinity.

Investigators in Baytown fear there may be other victims of the rapist who are too ashamed to come forward.

“There’s a lot of emotional damage that goes with being raped, especially when the victims are men,” said Lynn Parrish, a spokeswoman for the National Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. But she added: “The best way to get this rapist off the street is for more people to come forward.”

Three of the attacks have occurred in the city and the other two on the outskirts of town. The most recent attack was on Nov. 30.

Capt. Clifford would not give details of the rapes but said at least one victim managed to thwart the attack.

Criminologists have seen cases of serial killers who raped or otherwise had sex with their male victims, but psychologically, this is a different phenomenon.

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