Knoxville serial rapist's appeal denied

Bruce Warren Scarborough

Bruce Warren Scarborough

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The man who raped several women in Knoxville in the late 1990s has had his appeal denied by the Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee.

Bruce Warren Scarborough was convicted in November 2006 of raping a school teacher in South Knoxville in 1997. At the time, the judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison for each of two counts of aggravated rape. The judge ordered that those two 60-year terms be served consecutively, for a total of 120 years in prison.

Police say Scarborough was a felon on an attempted rape in Blount County, when he was required to submit a blood sample in prison in order to get a chance at parole in 2002.

That blood sample was run through a DNA database and police say it linked him to the 1997 rapes of three UT students, another victim staying at one student's home and a school teacher.

In October 2008, Scarborough pleaded guilty to the four students. He was sentenced to 40 additional years in prison.

Investigators say he broke into the victims' homes while they were alone and asleep and may have stalked the victims for years before the attacks.

The school teacher took the stand during the trial and identified her attacker from the tattoos on his arms.

"On appeal, he argues that the trial court erred in (1) denying his motion to suppress the in-court and out-of-court identifications of him and his tattoos, (2) failing to grant a new trial due to prosecutorial misconduct during closing argument, (3) classifying him as a career offender, and (4) ordering consecutive sentences. After review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court," the courts opinion states.

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