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Habitual Rapist Charged in Violent Sexual Attack: A three-time convicted rapist released from custody last year has been arrested after he broke into a woman's home Sunday evening and beat and raped her at knifepoint.  The Boston Globe reports that 45-year-old Essie Billingslea was released last year from a treatment center for the sexually dangerous after a jury determined he was no longer posed a threat to the community, despite a warning from a board of psychologists that said he would likely to re-offend.  Billingslea has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, home invasion, and assault and battery.

CA High Court Upholds Death Sentence: California's state Supreme Court ruled Monday to uphold the death sentence for a man convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl more than two decades ago.  Lewis Griswold of the Fresno Bee reports that 46-year-old Steven Brown was already serving a prison sentence for the sexual attack of an elderly woman when he was charged with the murder of 11-year-old April Holley.  In 2008 the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for 51-year-old Charles Keith Richardson, who was an accomplice in Holley's murder. 

Repeat Felon Attempts to Kidnap, Rape Teen: A Louisiana man with a lengthy criminal history has been arrested after police say he attempted to kidnap, rob, and rape a 15-year-old boy.  Amber Stegall of WAFB News reports that 44-year-old Johnnie Pearson, who was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison in 1990, approached the boy and threatened him with a handgun before telling him to empty his pockets and forcing him to pull his pants down behind a vacant home. 

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