IPSWICH — A serial rapist who spent 27 years in a state prison hospital for sexually assaulting five women may have raped another 20, but still tried repeatedly to get out — including one try that went as far as the Supreme Judicial Court.
Scott A. Gagnon, 51, who is now charged with the attempted rape of a woman jogging on Plum Island, was still too dangerous to release, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in 1994.
And in that ruling, the justices noted that Gagnon, who was convicted in 1980 of four rapes (one of them on a child) and one attempted rape in Haverhill and Amesbury, had "also admitted to approximately 20 additional rapes of women."
William Korman, who represented Gagnon in that 2007 proceeding, said yesterday that among the 15 or 16 sexually dangerous person petitions he's worked on, Gagnon's was the only case in which all of the experts agreed.
"A lot of people believed he had overcome his problems and was no longer sexually dangerous," Korman said yesterday. He added that he was "really surprised" by Gagnon's arrest.
Whoops, looks like the experts were wrong. You can't cure rapists and pedophiles. Only lock them up or kill them