Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 5/20/15

Gary Knight was convicted of second-degree rape, second-degree assault, and false imprisonment for his role in a gang rape of a woman in East Baltimore in 2009. Knight who is currently serving time on federal conspiracy charges, faces more than 30 years for this conviction. Assistant State’s Attorney Stacie Sawyer prosecuted the case.

On May 8, 2009 a woman was raped in an abandoned house in the 2600 block of East Monument Street in the Madison-Eastend neighborhood. Two men abducted the woman from a carryout restaurant in the 2700 block of East Monument street when she stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. A third suspect joined in the assault after it was underway.

A SAFE examination was conducted by physicians the night of the attack. On January 19, 2012 the Baltimore City Police Department received notification from the FBI DNA Database Unit indicating that the DNA recovered from the SAFE exam was linked to Gary Knight.

The survivor was contacted on February 6, 2012, and after several postponements finally went to trial on May 12, 2015.

“[The woman] had always been cooperative and interested in seeing Justice done.” Sawyer said about the woman’s willingness to pursue the cold case.

Knight claimed the attack was consensual at trial.

“I’m always impressed with survivors who take the stand against their attackers. She was just a few feet away from her attacker, telling her story to 12 strangers. She was emotional—she broke down into tears a few times— but she was clear about what happened to her that night.” Sawyer said.

Knight is scheduled for sentencing May 29, 2015.

“There is no place in our society for men like Gary Knight. No one deserves to be violated the way this brave woman was six years ago. I applaud the efforts of Stacie and our entire Special Victims Unit. I hope that this case result encourages future survivors to come forward when they are attacked. There is no expiration date on Justice.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

The survivor has worked with the State’s Attorney’s Victim/Witness Services Unit throughout the process. The unit helped the woman relocate to a new home.

 

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