Police in South Carolina announced on Wednesday that they arrested a man allegedly connected to multiple criminal sexual conduct incidents between 1995 and 2003.
Gregory Howard Frye, 52, of Spartanburg, who allegedly raped a dozen women during that time period, was arrested on Tuesday following a match of the DNA collected from six of the completed criminal sexual conduct cases.
“New technologies allowed the investigators to expand their reviews of the cases. They worked tirelessly reviewing the cases, re-interviewing victims, identifying potential family members of possible suspects, collecting DNA samples and sending that evidence to SLED [Street Level Enforcement Detail] for analysis,” the Spartanburg Police wrote in a statement.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright claimed Frye was working and living in the area as if "nothing happened."
"I can't imagine how some of the victims must have felt knowing that it took this long," Wright said at a press conference Tuesday, as quoted by ABC News. "Prayers have been answered, I just want you to know that. There's been a lot of people praying that we'd catch a break and we did. And not only did we catch a break, we ran with it."
Frye has been charged with one count of first-degree burglary, kidnapping, and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Additional charges are pending, police said.
Frye remained at the Spartanburg County Detention Center as of Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.
"This is just a great day to know we got at least one person that is going to be held accountable for a reign of terror that he's caused for these victims," Sheriff Wright said, according to ABC News. "These victims are stronger than that and they are really inspirational."
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