Mass.– A guy who lived under an alias for 16 years in Maine prior to his arrest in 2019 will likely invest the rest of his life in jail for rape.
Ivan Keith, 63, was convicted in Fall River, Massachusetts, Superior Court this week on five counts of intensified rape, two counts of kidnapping, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of dangers and one count each of breaking and entering, failure to register as a sex transgressor, failure to offer DNA and perjury.
He was sentenced to serve 25 to thirty years in jail, which will run consecutively to a 19-20 year sentence he began serving in 2015 after being convicted of comparable cold case rapes from the 1990s in Plymouth and Norfolk counties.
The charges in Bristol County connect to sexual assaults that happened in Taunton and Easton in the late 1990s.
“These were outrageous acts of violence versus two innocent victims, who were simply setting about their daily lives. The criminal activities devoted by the accused are some of the most harsh and chilling cases I have actually ever seen. I am happy that Judge Donatelle enforced consecutive sentences for each sexual attack devoted against the victims. The sentences enforced by the court will keep the accused in custody for the rest of his life, which he appropriately is worthy of,” District Lawyer Thomas Quinn stated. “I applaud the victims for moving forward with their lives in spite of the awful trauma inflicted upon them by the defendant. I have absolutely nothing but regard and affection for their courage and perseverance.”
Quinn stated Keith was convicted of several sex-related criminal offenses in Massachusetts in the 1980s and 1990s and in Maine in 2000, but stopped working to sign up with the sex culprit registry, and failed to offer a DNA sample to the state. He was scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 29, 2003, but failed to show up. He was discovered in August 2019 living under a brand-new name in the Seal Cove part of Tremont, Maine, and jailed.
Throughout his arrest, Keith was smoking from a vape pen, which he placed into his front shirt pocket. After being placed into custody, the vape pen was taken and more DNA screening was conducted. That screening validated the DNA on the vape pen matched the DNA profile from the four previously unsolved rapes.