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Man responsible for brutal rapes in 1980s, identified by utility bill, gets over 600 years in prison: ‘The evil’


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An Indiana man linked to a string of sexual assault cases more than 30 years ago has been sentenced to 650 years in prison due to DNA tracing on a utility bill.

Steven Ray Hessler, 59, was found guilty on March 3 after an 8-day trial on 19 counts of sexual assault by home invasion between 1982 and 1985.

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The charges include two counts of rape, six counts of unlawful deviant conduct and three counts of criminal deviant conduct, and one count of theft against 10 total victims.

Investigators were able to obtain a DNA sample via a utility bill that Hessler licked and sent.

Hessler apparently broke into the houses, masked and armed, in the middle of the night. He would rape, bind and torture his victims before wiping down the crime scene and stealing any items he might have touched, including cash.

Steven Ray Hessler has been charged with 650 years in prison for sexual assaults committed 30 years ago.

Prosecutors said his latest local assault involved Hessler handcuffing and tying up a male victim, then hitting him with a gun. The victim was left in a coma for several months before being taken to a rehab center where she had to relearn how to walk and talk.

The prosecution originally charged another local man with the first attacks in 1983. The individual turned out to be Hessler’s cousin. It wasn’t until investigators got hold of Hessler’s DNA at a crime scene that they were able to obtain his DNA sample and obtain a search warrant at his home in August 2020.

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The search warrant uncovered stolen photographs, traces of cyberstalking on Hessler’s computer, and clothing matching the descriptions of the victims.

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“Steven Ray Hessler is one of the nastiest, most dangerous and sadistic predators I have had the pleasure of prosecuting in my 30-year career,” the Shelby County District Attorney said. , Brad Landwerlen. “He took great pleasure in his needlessly brutal methods of terrorizing and sexually torturing his victims. I promised the victims from the start that my goal would be for him to go to prison for the rest of his life, and all people involved are very happy that we have achieved this goal.”

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