Convicted sex offender charged with rape

RALEIGH Eyewitness News has learned that 33-year-old Donald Currin has a long history of sex crime arrests.

Time after time, he's been arrested for crimes ranging from breaking and entering to assault, kidnapping and indecent liberties with a minor -18 arrests in all, dating back to when he was 16 years old.

According to police, Currin met a woman on South Saunders Street in Raleigh when she asked for a ride.

But instead of taking her where she wanted to go, investigators say he took her to a construction site in a south Raleigh subdivision.

Roger Bryant and his wife live right next to the construction site where the victim says she was raped at knifepoint.

The Bryant's say they were surprised to hear that although Currin spent four months in prison for a probation violation, he received only probation for a more recent conviction in which he plead guilty to kidnapping a minor.

The original charges in that incident were kidnapping and indecent liberties with a minor.

"It's good for the city, it's good for the county to get people like that off the street," Bryant said. "And certainly if he hadn't had that victim he was looking for a victim."

Raleigh police say they are looking at other similar unsolved crimes to see if Currin might be a suspect.

Currin is being held under a $1 million bond in the Wake County Jail.

If convicted of the rape and sex offense he's charged with now, he could be in prison for the rest of his life.

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