Accused Fort Valley serial rape suspect facing nearly 20 charges

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FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Fort Valley man accused of being involved with a string of break-ins and sexual assault cases is facing nearly 20 charges including multiple counts of rape and aggravated assault. The DA says the evidence against Darrell Ross ties him to six separate incidents and there could be more.

"There was more than enough evidence in my opinion for the issuance of these warrants," David Cooke, Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney, said.

Cooke says investigators have evidence 25-year-old Darrell Ross is tied to cases dating back to January.

Cooke, along with members of the Peach County Sexual Assault Task Force, accuse ross of being connected to six incidents in Fort Valley.

"We actually had a lot of folks in place coming up this week. We were going to do as they say ‘putting boots on the ground,’ we were going to be adding a whole lot more folks in here," J.T. Ricketson, Special Agent in Charge at the GBI Perry office, said.

Residents and students have been on high alert for months.

Law enforcement agencies from across middle Georgia have volunteered to help, but because one couple spotted Ross snooping around their apartment over the weekend, officers think they’ve found their man.
 
"The information they gave was instrumental," Cooke said.

Still, authorities are urging people to be aware of your surroundings and be mindful when they’re at home.

"It’s just important to use common sense and take care of yourself," Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese said.

Cooke says this is only the first stages and ross may be tied to more cases.

"The charges proposed against Mr. Ross are mere allegations and the presumption of innocence remains in his favor unless and until he is proven guilty in a court of law," Cooke said.

Cooke expects the couple that spotted Ross will receive that $10,000 reward. He says Ross will be in court in the next day or two to hear the charges he’s facing. He’s currently in the Peach County jail.

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